Rolls-Royce will deliver a total of 523 Series 199 mtu engines for the British Armed Forces Boxer Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV). Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit recently signed contracts with partners Krauss-Maffei Wegmann/WFEL and Rheinmetall Landsysteme/Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land to deliver 523 engines between 2022 and 2030. Rolls-Royce will supply components engine at its Rolls-Royce Solutions UK subsidiary where engine assembly, acceptance testing and painting will be carried out, supporting new and existing jobs in the plant. Boxer MIV for the British Army will be the first version of the vehicle to be fitted with Rolls-Royce’s mtu 8V 199 TE21 engine, delivering 600 KW, 70 KW more than the mtu engines in previous versions of the vehicle. mtu engines will power all Boxer vehicles ordered for the British Army: The British Government recently ordered 100 additional Boxer vehicles for the British Army.
Andrew Munt, Boxer Program Manager for WFEL, 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.
Colin McClean, Managing Director of RBSL, said: “RBSL is delighted to have secured more UK content for the Boxer program as well as long-term support for such a critical part. The powerful mtu engine will be the heart of the British Army’s new Boxer vehicle. Rolls Royce is a welcome addition to the team.
Knut Müller, Vice President Global Governmental at Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems said: “The Boxer MIV project is a very important part of the modernization of the British Army. To support this project we have made a big push to enable our proven mtu series 199 engines to be manufactured in the UK for the first time. We are proud to contribute to the mobility and agility of the British Army with our British made engines.
David Eaton, Director – Government at Rolls-Royce Solutions UK, said: “We have been working vigorously with our industry partners for several years to reach this point and we are very much looking forward to delivering our engines to power these state-of-the-art engines. – state-of-the-art British infantry vehicles.
Rolls-Royce’s 199 series mtu engines have set the benchmark in their power range for power density, performance and reliability. mtu’s 199 series engines are the best-selling engines in their power range in military application: more than 2,500 of these engines are in service with several armed forces. They have proven themselves in various armored vehicles, among them the Spanish Pizarro, Austrian ULAN and Polish OPAL vehicles. They are also intended to power additional vehicles from NATO countries, such as the British Army’s Ajax. Rolls-Royce plans to further develop the engine with a potential power output of up to 750 KW.
Boxer MIV is one of the most advanced wheeled armored vehicles in the world, offering exceptional mobility and protection. Boxer will be an integral part of the capabilities of British Army Brigade Combat Teams. It is in service and on order with various NATO nations and Australia. One of its main features is its modular configuration, consisting of a common training platform and different mission modules. The British Army will receive four different Boxer variants, encompassing an infantry carrier, specialist carrier, command post and ambulance vehicles. All British Army Boxer vehicles will be powered by mtu 8V 199 TE21 engines rated at 600 KW. Their increased power output allows for improved operational mobility and agility despite the higher weight of the vehicles due to improved protection. It also allows for a higher electrical charge. There are now two versions of the Boxer vehicle available to ideally meet different operational needs of customers, powered by mtu Series 199 TE20 or TE 21 engines rated at 530 or 600 KW, respectively.
Most of the mtu engines for the Boxer MIV project will be manufactured at Rolls-Royce Solutions UK in East Grinstead. The Rolls-Royce subsidiary has been supporting naval, maritime and rail projects for decades and has created an assembly cell dedicated to the Boxer MIV project. One of the test cells has also been converted for use in the project. The program will support and secure up to 10 jobs at Rolls-Royce Solutions UK for years to come.
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