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Rheinmetall wins order worth over 2 billion euros

Australia orders 211 "Boxer" armored vehicles

Rheinmetall has received an order from the Australian government to deliver 211 boxer armored vehicles with a total value of EUR 2.1 billion (AUD 3.3 billion).

A corresponding contract has now been signed in Canberra by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defense Australia, Gary Stewart. The state-of-the-art 8x8 all-wheel drive vehicles will be delivered between 2019 and 2026.

The Düsseldorf technology group is thus playing a key role in a comprehensive modernization program for the country's armed forces. Prime Minister Turnbull announced his government's intention to commission Rheinmetall to deliver the boxer back in March 2018.

Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall AG: “We are honored that we have been selected by the Australian government as a partner in such a comprehensive project to modernize the armed forces. This is a convincing continuation of Rheinmetall's successful cooperation with the Australian government and the armed forces. We are pleased that we can now book the largest single order in the company's recent history. "

The boxer has already been procured by the German Armed Forces and the armed forces in the Netherlands and Lithuania. The Australian armed forces are introducing the boxer in several variants as part of the "Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle" (CRV) project. The reconnaissance tank variants - 133 of the 211 vehicles - will also be equipped with the highly innovative Lance turret from Rheinmetall, which has a 30mm weapon.

In 2016, the boxer CRV was selected as one of two candidates for the intensive testing phase in the Australian selection process LAND 400 Phase 2. Here the 8x8 armored car was able to convince in all categories - protection, mobility, firepower and leadership ability.

Rheinmetall is cooperating closely with Australian industry on the Boxer 8x8 CRV project and has been able to form a strong and efficient project team in the country. A significant part of the industrial value creation in the context of boxer production for the Australian armed forces will take place in the customer country. Over 40 Australian companies are involved in the program.

Ben Hudson, Head of the Vehicle Systems Division and member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defense: “Due to its capabilities, its high level of protection and thanks to its modularity, the Boxer is the best armored car currently available. It protects against both asymmetrical threats that Australian soldiers have been exposed to in their recent missions, as well as against conventional attacks in action. We will deliver an excellent product to the Australian Army and will continue to be a reliable partner. "

Gary Stewart from Rheinmetall Defense Australia emphasizes that Rheinmetall is building its own competence and manufacturing center for the implementation of the project at the Brisbane site in the Australian state of Queensland: “This will help establish an independent military vehicle industry in Australia and our long-term partnership with the Australian government underpin. "

About Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall is an international technology group for security and mobility. With around 23,000 employees, the company generated sales of EUR 5.9 billion in the 2017 financial year.

The Group's Defense division, with its Wheeled Vehicles, Weapon and Ammunition and Electronic Solutions divisions, is one of the major names in the international defense and security industry. Rheinmetall Defense has a broad portfolio of systems, equipment and components to increase mobility, reconnaissance and effectiveness, and to protect soldiers in action.

Rheinmetall is present in Australia with its subsidiary Rheinmetall Defense Australia and New Zealand, which has agencies in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

As early as 2013, Rheinmetall was commissioned to deliver around 2,500 medium and heavy military trucks with a total value of EUR 1.1 billion to Australia. Rheinmetall was recently selected for the next phase of this project, which means the delivery of around another 1,000 trucks and 800 bodies.

  • Further information about Rheinmetall Defense: www.rheinmetall-defence.com
  • Information about BOXER CRV: www.boxercrv.com.au
  • BOXER CRV on Twitter: @boxercrv