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    Same difference. Boxer is a heavy wheeled IFV/APC offers all around 14.5mm protection with 30mm at the front and Mrap level protection from below as the stock. Additional armor kits are available. Drive is a 8x8 wheeled and it is modular variants can include logistics, IFV/Scout, 120mm mortar, command vehicle, Ambulance and APC. With concepts under work including Howitzer.
    It also has options for a Hard Kill APS. Good power pack, good speed, good range.
    It is a medium weight vehicle though without Amphious capability. It can ford a river but not land on a beach. I continue to be amazed that the Nation that built Hobart's funnys for Normandy has continued to walk away from the potential of Amphious armored vehicles. On the other side of that though the Boxer is transportable by A400M and C17 can haul 2 units. Which more and more seems to push the C130 to the light tactical lifter role.
     
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    what's funny
    14 years after opting out
    they rush: "The MoD chose 5:30 p.m. on Easter Saturday to announce its controversial intention not to hold a competition to procure an 8x8 for the new Army strike brigades being forming as part of a wider restructuring plan. Instead, the U.K. will take a significant step towards buying the German-built vehicle in a single source deal."
    https://www.defensenews.com/land/2018/04/02/uk-to-re-join-boxer-program-17-years-after-opting-out/

    (I meant 'funny' as in 'humorous', not 'funny' as in 'nefarious')
     
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    The Major Driver was that the Boxer was getting up to 35 tons. The Brits wanted at that time a 8x8 like the Stryker that could atleast in theory be hauled to fight by C130J.
    No way to do that with a Boxer unless they sent it in boxes and assembled it on sight after 4 or 5 flights.
    However after fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan combined with the mess we see in Syria, light armored vehicle offerings in the under 20 ton range once the Rage for Armies procurement officers are collecting dust as the reality is The IED, ATGM and EFP as well as even potentially Tank rounds are back on the Threat menu.
    Or as you keep ragging the Stryker about what happens when they have to face off against a BMP3?
    Well In this case as long as the BMP3 crew saves the 100mm gun for other targets the base armor of the Boxer could from the front take a 30mm shot.
     
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    I almost missed this:
    it's true I'm afraid the US boys and girls in Europe in their revered Strykers would be quickly gone, and it's true I've repeatedly used the German expression
    Kanonenfutter
    in this context

    but my posts
    Today at 7:36 AM
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    were related to the current UK procurement processes, and I'll leave it at that
     
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    And As I have pointed out before BMP3's 100mm gun can Trash just about any IFV on the planet save for Nammer (which is really a Tank hull) Puma, Lynx and Marder with add on Armor.
     
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    The British Army has selected Boxer for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle requirement.

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    "The Boxer is an eight-wheeled multi role vehicle, consisting of two key elements: the platform/drive-line and the removable mission module. The mission module is a key feature of Boxer, it allowing the vehicle to be rapidly changed to meet different operational requirements. Mission modules are attached by four points and can be swapped within an hour under field conditions."

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-army-selects-boxer-armoured-vehicles/?no_cache=1
     
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    Three sources Comforted.
    Will be interesting to see what modules the British will buy and if they would make changes for there versions. Will they add a Hard kill APS? Questions to be asked. AGM_Boxer.JPG I mean Will the British retire the AS90?
     
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    Well I was chatting elsewhere and got an answer, not official though so it's up in the air on trust, But I have seen this guys Blog and he's pretty well informed.
    Any way he claims that the British army wanted to place a order for 800 units but budget wise they are probably going to end up closer to 500, They aim for 10 variants.
    Boxer is a modular design basically the forward cab and under body are the vehicle and rear cabin is a removable module. ( I can hear teeth grinding, because I know how much you love Modules.)
    Boxer module.jpg
    So this would mean the British ordering 500 or so of the Chassis and then whatever modules you would like in what ever numbers you like and mate them together.
    The British apparently want 10 variants. The base line armored personnel carrier, A command and control vehicle, An armored recovery vehicle, A mortar carrier Hopefully with a turreted Breach loaded system I mean a BAE subsidiary makes the AMOS system but chances are they would cheap it and just use a 120 mm on a turn table.
    A Turret loaded mortar offers better protection as the weapon and crew using it are under the turret where a more conventional mortar carrier requires the crew open the roof of the vehicle. this means armored doors that tend to be weaker and when open exposes the crew of counter attack by small arms or artillery. as well as potential NBC. on the other side of that equation the conventional mortar carrier is lighter and Cheaper.
    They also want an Ambulance, armored engineering vehicle, Joint fire control vehicle. An infantry fighting/reconnaissance vehicle which is basically what the Australians ordered for there Boxers but is likely to be using the 40mm CTAS cannon. A 155 mm self-propelled gun carrier which is unique to the Boxer, has no other 8x8 armored vehicle has a 155mm 52 caliber SPH configuration, and a short-range air-defence vehicle I am guessing which would use there Starscr... sorry I mean Starstreak missile system. Or it could be based off the Existing Skyranger with a 35mm cannon. [I got confused for a second I mean the British nicknamed The Challenger 2 Megatron, and Starstreak sounds like another Hasbro Decepticon.]
     
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    at this point I was thinking like
    the ..-. modules

    LOL!
    'Like' being attached
     
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    I'm guessing they're going to arm them with this (dozen of CAMMs as far as I understand this "solution"):
    MBDA, Lockheed complete CAMM, extensible ExLS launcher qualifications https://navaltoday.com/2018/04/06/m...camm-extensible-exls-launcher-qualifications/
     
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