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Germany and Australia Schweren Waffenträger Infanterie Cooperation

Library image of early Australian BOXER CRV [© Rheinmetall]

Germany and Australia sign a declaration of cooperation on the BOXER Schweren Waffenträger Infanterie or Heavy Weapon Carrier Infantry.

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Press Release, Berlin, 23 March 2023: [auto-translated] Today, March 23, 2023, Parliamentary State Secretary Hitschler and Australian Minister of Armaments Pat Conroy signed a declaration of cooperation on the intended procurement of more than 100 combat vehicles of the ‘Schweren Waffenträger Infanterie‘ type. This is intended to replace the WIESEL 2 weapon system in the German Army.

The production of the combat vehicle, which is produced in Australia as the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV), is currently starting. The Schweren Waffenträger Infanterie is based on the proven BOXER vehicle family. This is supplemented by a manned turret with a 30mm cannon.

The common goal is for the first vehicles to arrive as early as 2025. In order to keep to this tight schedule, parliamentary approval will be obtained as soon as possible after the contract is ready. The project is to be financed from the Bundeswehr’s special fund. This cooperation enables the Bundeswehr to procure it as quickly as possible and is a visible sign of the trusting cooperation between Germany and Australia as a valued partner.

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