The Dutch Council of Ministers has approved a proposal by State Secretary van der Knaap for the purchase of 200 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles for the Dutch Army.
The Boxer has been jointly developed by Germany and the Netherlands. The purchase is valued at about 624 million euros (inclusive of 19% BTW value-added tax).
On the basis of information supplied by industry, the operating cost of the Boxer for 200 vehicles over a life span of 30 years was initially estimated at approx.1,125 million euros (excl VAT). More recent estimates have allowed the Ministry of Defence to reduce the projected life-time operating cost to 938 million euros (excl VAT), based on the best available data.
The Boxer will replace the Army’s M-577s and part of its fleet of YPR-765 armoured transport vehicles, which have been in service since the 1970s.
The new vehicles will be used for missions such as battlefield ambulance, freight transportation, and combat engineer and commando personnel carriers.
Subject to Parliamentary approval, Boxer is to be manufactured in both countries, through a joint venture company between the German firms Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme (RLS), and the Dutch firm Stork, which acts as “lead partner” for Dutch industry.
The first Boxers will enter service with the Dutch Army in 2011, and deliveries will be completed in 2016.