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Sgt Max Bree
FUTURISTIC lines, massive
wheels and the imposing mass of
Army’s first Boxer combat recon-
naissance vehicle overshadowed
the ASLAV it was replacing as they
were side-by-side for Boxer’s offi-
cial reception at Gallipoli Barracks
on September 24.
It was the first of 211 Boxers
Army will receive over the next
Maj-Gen David Coghlan, Head
Armoured Vehicles in CASG,
was impressed with the Boxer’s
“It will allow our cavalry to
undertake complex joint operations
in a world-class vehicle that deliv-
ers world-class protection,” he said.
“The Boxer is designed to go to
war, let our soldiers be successful
in doing what they’ve been sent out
to do and then come home safely.”
Brig Greg McGlone, Director
General Armoured Fighting
Vehicles in CASG, said the impos-
ing size allowed Boxers extra
protection that was lacking in the
M113 and ASLAV through advanc-
es in design, increased armour and
a V-shaped hull.
The first Boxer delivered was
a multi-purpose variant, but inter-
Sgt Max Bree
AT FIRST glance, Rheinmetall’s Boxer
looks like a futuristic APC from the movie
But the Boxer’s science-fiction looks
hide the latest computerised systems,
weapon sights and communications.
This would mean plenty of work for
electrical technicians like WO1 Dan
Boland, who came to the Boxer Capability
Implementation Team with experience in
cavalry and armoured units.
“It’s beautiful, if you can call a fighting
vehicle that. It’s the future. There’s a lot of
capability and a lot of potential we can use
later on,” he said.
“It’s two or three generations ahead
of the ASLAV, which was analogue; this
is fully digital with networks connected,
computers talking to each other, a lot of
information flowing about the vehicle. I
think the boffins will enjoy it.”
The Boxer’s kinetic energy protection
and V-hull should keep soldiers safe from
the real-word threats such as IEDs and
A four-stroke V8 pulls the Boxer at its
combat weight of about 36 tonnes.
WO2 Tino Siliato, also of the imple-
mentation team, appreciated the new-
generation engine over the ASLAV’s two-
“It has pickup; it’s designed to move
the weight that it has. It gives you feeling
that you’re well protected and you have that
mobility,” he said.
“It still does 100km/h, governed to
80km/h, but it has the same characteristics
as the ASLAV.
“It doesn’t feel like it’s a larger vehicle
than we’re used to. It’s very comfortable
and it’s very quiet. It suits our needs bet-
ter. It handles fine and it even has a reverse
camera, even though the driver will still be
under direction of the crew commander.”
Cameras on the front and sides of the
vehicle also feed vision to the crew.
The Boxer’s size and superior suspen-
sion made the new vehicles easy to drive
off-road for WO1 Boland.
“You’re going cross country, doing
40-50km/h and you think, ‘I’m going a bit
fast, I need to slow down’, because it’s such
a smooth ride,” he said.
Long first parades that involve check-
ing oils could be a thing of the past due to
many components being covered in armour.
But the Boxer’s computer testing sys-
tem should make checks easier, according
to WO2 Siliato.
“You do a function test that will tell you
what has and hasn’t passed,” he said.
“We’re looking at doing pre-mission
and post-mission checks; it’s not so much a
first parade anymore.
“When you buy a brand new car, you
don’t check the oils every day; you’re not
“When it tells us it needs to be looked
at, we’ll get it looked at and that’s what will
preserve this platform.
“It gives us an opportunity to concen-
trate more on operating than maintaining.”
With experience on a range of vehicles,
including the Leopard, WO2 Siliato saw
the change to Boxer being like the transi-
tion from M113 to ASLAV.
“There was a fundamental change, we
adapted and we carried on,” he said.
“ASLAV to Boxer will be the same pro-
cess, but this has more systems to carry the
recon role more effectively.
“You’re going to feel much better
deploying in this vehicle than an ASLAV.”
The Boxers are being acquired under
Land 400 Phase 2 at a cost of about $3 bil-
changeable mission modules meant
it could be a recon platform with a
30mm cannon in the morning and
a maintenance vehicle with a crane
in the afternoon.
“Mission modules on all of
the vehicles can be lifted out and
it takes less than an hour,” Brig
“It’s a bit like Thunderbird Two
picking up all the different mod-
ules; in two hours the vehicle’s role
can be completely changed.”
Other modules include sur-
veillance and joint fires, recovery,
repair, combat engineer, C2 and
potentially an ambulance.
The modules can be changed in
the field with the 25-tonne crane on
the new MAN truck heavy recov-
ery variant being delivered under
Land 121 Phase 3B.
The first Boxer was delivered
about 14 months after contract
signing, but cavalrymen won’t get
their hands on it straight away.
It will go for acceptance test-
ing in Monegeetta, Victoria, and
be joined by two more Boxers by
The first Boxer
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price and CA Lt-Gen Rick Burr
in the back of the Boxer.
Army’s first Boxer
vehicle at Enoggera
Photos: Sgt Max Bree
WO1 Dan Boland and WO2 Tino Siliato, of the Boxer Capability Implementation Team.
October 3, 2019
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