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Defence in the Media: 5 November 2019

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The MOD announced today that a contract worth £2.8 billion has been signed to provide state-of-the-art armoured fighting vehicles to the British Army.

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The Defence Secretary has announced that the army will receive more than 500 Boxer 8x8 high mobility, network-enabled armoured vehicles to transport troops onto the frontline.

The vehicles will form part of the Army’s Strike brigades, new units set up to deploy rapidly over long distances across varied terrains.

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said:

Our men and women of the Armed Forces deserve to have the best equipment to do their job.

The Boxer vehicle is a leader in its field and I look forward to it arriving in units from 2023.

Boxer (armoured fighting vehicle) demonstration on Salisbury Plain
Boxer (armoured fighting vehicle) demonstration on Salisbury Plain

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