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KMW Boxer

Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) / Battle Tank [ 2027 ]

Unveiled at Eurosatory 2022, the KMW Boxer is a proposed tracked form of the highly-modular ARTEC Boxer multirole vehicle from Germany.

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At Eurosatory 2022, Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) unveiled a tracked counterpart to the ARTEC "Boxer" 8x8 modular multirole armored vehicle (detailed elsewhere on this site). This entry bridges the gap between wheeled armored vehicle and Main Battle Tank (MBT) by combining elements of both types into an "all-in-one" battlefield solution while keeping its weight a manageable 45 tons. The primary form showcased at Eurosatory 2022 sported a 120mm-armed RCT120 series remote-controlled turret emplacement (with automatic loader) over the hull roof line, showing just one of the many options available to the design.

The modularity of the Boxer series rings true in the tracked form for it is billed as capable of accepting all modules already developed for the wheeled version - making logistical friendliness a core selling point of the newer, heavier, and more powerful design. This means the owners of the wheeled Boxer can benefit from running its heavier, better armored counterpart to accomplish the same role with better power-to-weight and protection in contested areas. The main portion of the tank includes the chassis, engine, and drive-related components - forming the basis for all other tracked Boxer variants as needed. Reconfiguring the vehicle to its new battlefield form would take just one hour.

Available modules in the Boxer series include the infantry carrier, Command & Control (C2), specialist vehicle, battlefield ambulance, Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV), 120mm mortar carrier, 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH), ammunition resupply vehicle, 22m bridge-layer, battlefield engineering vehicle (complete with dozer blade and powered winch), counter-battery radar carrier (artillery support), armed reconnaissance, Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS), 35mm-armed air defense / airspace deterrence vehicle, and 105mm Mobile Gun System (MGS).

The tracked version of the Boxer obviously appears more "tank-like" with its track-and-wheeled arrangement, sloped glacis plate, and hull-mounted turret. The arrangement is therefore largely conventional: six roadwheels are positioned to each side of the hull with side skirt armor protecting the upper reaches of the track-links, drive sprockets, and track idlers. The driver is seated front-right in the glacis plate with the powerpack to his left (marked by the exhaust grill set at the portside wall of the hull. The vehicle commander is seated just aft and over the driver at the hull roof line. Both compartment shave bullet-resistance viewing blocks and situational awareness aids as well as dedicated sighting devices. The unmanned turret is seated over the middle-aft section of the fighting cabin and further mounts its own 12.7mm Remote Weapon Station (RWS) to protect against low-flying threats, light armored vehicles, and infantry assaults and an optional 7.62mm co-axially fitted anti-infantry machine gun. Tank-killing prowess is enhanced by the inclusion of the Israeli SPIKE LR2 Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM) weapon. Headlamps are positioned at the front corners of the hull and given wire protectors. Crew survivability is increased by the Israeli "Trophy" Active Protection System (APS) as well as electrically-discharged smoke grenades.

The engine provides a power output rating of 880 kW to drive the track-and-wheel system. Maximum allowable road speeds reach 100 kmh with an operational range listed out to 500 kilometers. Ground clearance is set at 0.45 meters and gives the vehicle good cross-country support.

The modern value of heavy tracked systems is currently being debated after the poor showing tanks have had in the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian War so the impact offerings such as the tracked Boxer will have in the market remain to be seen. The modularity of the family is certainly a unique and beneficial quality to the design and may very well be able to sell itself to a few interest parties in Europe and, possibly, around the globe.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) - Germany
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Anti-Tank / Anti-Armor
Base model or variant can be used to track, engage, and defeat armored enemy elements at range.
Onboard systems provide solutions to accomplish a variety of battlefield engineering tasks.
Fire Support / Assault / Breaching
Support allied forces through direct / in-direct fire, assault forward positions, and / or breach fortified areas of the battlefield.
Infantry Support
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Engage armored vehicles of similar form and function.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.

Track-and-Wheel Arrangement
Vehicle utilizes a track-and-wheel arrangement to provide enhanced cross-country travel capability.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Typical of older tank designs, this vehicle sports its main armament in multiple turrets.
Remote Weapon Station (RWS)
Vehicle supports a remote-operated weapons station, reducing crew exposure to outside dangers.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Recoil Enhancement
Main weapon has an integral recoil mechanism, allowing the system to remain trained-on-target after firing.
Firing On-the-Move
A modern quality, onboard systems provide accuracy to primary armament allowing for firing on-the-move.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled Armor
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
Enhanced Armor Protection
Protection is enhanced by way of additional armor being installed over that of standard levels; plate steel for older designs and reactive armor for modern types.
Armored Skirt
Additional protection to the upper track reaches and roadwheels is achieved by way of addon armored skirts along the sides of the hull.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Aircraft / Air-Defense Capable
System is given an anti-aircraft defense component to protect itself from low-flying aerial threats at range.
Anti-Tank Capable
Onboard solution provides ability to neutralize armored or fortified targets at range through missile or penetrating ballistic weapons.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Remote Weapons Station
Vehicle supports an unmanned weapons station controlled remotely from within the safety of the vehicle.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

99,208 lb
45,000 kg
49.6 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the KMW Boxer (Tracked) production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Diesel-fueled engine developing 880kW driving conventional track-and-wheel arrangement.
62.1 mph
(100.0 kph)
310.7 mi
(500.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the KMW Boxer (Tracked) production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
Vairable depending on module fitted. This includes a 120mm RCT120 unmanned remote-controlled powered turret with 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) and optional co-axial 7.62mm anti-infantry machine gun.

Other modules showcased as a 120mm mortar carrier , 155mm Self-Propeller Howitzer for in-direct-fire, and 35mm automatic cannons for the air-defense role.

Supported Types

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(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Dependent upon module fitted.

Boxer (Tracked) - Base Series Name.
Boxer IC - Infantry Carrier.
Boxer C2 - Command & Control vehicle.
Boxer SP - Specialist vehicle.
Boxer MEDEVAC - Battlefield ambulance.
Boxer ARV - Armored Recovery Vehicle.
Boxer 120 - 120mm mortar carrier.
Boxer 155 - 155mm-armed Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH).
Boxer ARsV - Ammunition ReSupply Vehicle.
Boxer BL - 22m equipped bridge-layer.
Boxer BEV - Battlefield Engineering Vehicle.
Boxer CBR - Counter-Battery Radar vehicle.
Boxer AR - Armed Reconnaissance vehicle.
Boxer MLRS - Multiple-Launch Rocket System vehicle.
Boxer SPAAV - Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Vehicle.
Boxer MGS - 105mm-armed Mobile Gun System vehicle.

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