Update on Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme

From January 2024, the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme has moved into the start of formal customer Verification and Validation trials taking place at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedford UK.

These trials will qualify the design against the MIV technical requirements, demonstrating the Boxer vehicle’s capability and performance for the British Army.

Notably, there are two Rheinmetall prototype vehicles in the Command variant that will conduct the trials, as part of the Army’s modernisation plan.

They will focus on mission systems including C4I, Electronic Counter Measures, User Human Machine Interface, Electromagnetic Compatibility and Climatics. The trials are supported by ARTEC and KNDS.

Vehicle Production

MIV first series production vehicles will be delivered this year – an important phase of the programme for both the customer and industry.

These will be Command variants, built in the Rheinmetall factory in Kassel, Germany.

They are currently in the final stages of their build before being shipped to the UK.

The production of UK Boxer vehicles has commenced in the UK.

Noteworthy, the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) is the British Army’s concept of an 8 × 8 wheeled vehicle.

In 2019, the UK Ministry of Defence placed an order for 523 Boxer vehicles under the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) Program, and went on to increase the order by 100 in April 2022.

About Boxer Armoured Vehichles

The Boxer is a highly-protected 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle, designed by an international consortium to accomplish a number of operations through the use of installable mission modules. 

Its modular architecture enables a greater number of variants than any other vehicle system.

The British Army is procuring four variants, including Infantry Carrying Vehicle, Command & Control, Field Ambulance and Specialist Carrier variants. 

Further, till date, some 1,500 vehicles in twenty different versions have been ordered by Australia and four NATO countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and the United Kingdom.

Source: https://www.rheinmetall.com/en/media/news-watch/news/2024/01/2024-01-23-rheinmetall-boxer-miv-update