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UK MIV hull production set to begin

22nd April 2021 - 09:15 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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New skills being introduced to the UK include modern welding techniques that will be used to build the Boxer vehicles. (Photo: RBSL)

The manufacturing of the first Boxer 8x8 hull in the UK represents the first time a new armoured vehicle will be built in the UK for a decade. It re-establishes an industrial sovereign capability that was abandoned in 2009-2010 but requires considerable investment in facilities, technology and skills to develop.

WFEL is to begin manufacturing hull sections for the UK’s Boxer 8x8 Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme.

These are the first new armoured vehicle hulls built in the UK since the 60 Terrier Combat Engineering Vehicles (CEVs) that were made by BAE Systems in Newcastle from 2010 and delivered to the British Army in 2013.

A spokesperson from WFEL told Shephard that it will start production during Q2 2021 to build the hulls for the Boxer drive modules as well hulls for its MIV industrial partner, the RBSL JV between Rheinmetall and BAE Systems.

WFEL is a subsidiary of KMW,

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