Rolls-Royce to supply MTU engine for new British Army Boxer vehicles

Rolls-Royce Solutions UK’s MTU engine has been selected by WFEL and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), a joint venture of BAE Systems and Rheinmetall AG, for Boxer armored vehicles.

The new British Army Boxers will be powered by Rolls-Royce’s MTU 8v 199 TS21 engines. This will provide 70 kW more power than previous versions of the engine.

The motors have a power output of 600 kW and will improve operational mobility and deliver higher electrical load.

Rolls-Royce will be one of the suppliers to support the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme.

Under the MIV programme, up to 523 units will be produced at Rolls-Royce’s factory in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

WFEL and RBSL, part of the Boxer Joint Procurement Team, have engaged suppliers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In February 2020, WFEL announced that it would manufacture part of the British Army’s 500 new Boxer MIVs under a £2.3 billion vehicle purchase agreement.

Under the agreement, up to 60% of the vehicles by value will come from the UK, with the work split between WFEL and RBSL.

As part of its contract with WFEL, Rolls-Royce is delivering engines to WFEL’s UK partner, David Brown Santasalo, where the engines will be integrated into Boxer Powerpack Assemblies.

Initial engine delivery is expected later this year.

RBSL will undertake the assembly and testing of the Boxer Powerpack at its manufacturing site in Telford.

The engines will then be integrated into Boxer vehicles at RBSL’s and WFEL’s UK facilities.

WFEL Boxer Program Director Andrew Munt said: “Production of Boxer vehicle hulls is now well advanced here at WFEL in Stockport.

“As we enter the vehicle assembly phase, we are delighted to contract with Rolls Royce for the supply of MTU engines.”

In April this year, the UK expanded the Boxer armored vehicle program to provide the British Army with an additional 100 vehicles.

This brings the total number on order to 623.

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