The UK's new Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) consortia has awarded one of its first UK supply chain contracts for powerpacks to Huddersfield-based David Brown Santasalo (DBS).
In a deal worth £30 million, DBS will assemble around 250 Powerpack blocks (transmission, engine and cooling systems) for the Boxer MIV, beginning delivery in Autumn 2022 and covering a 10-year period of supply.
DBS is internationally recognised as one of the most innovative suppliers of bespoke land and marine power transmission systems.
The contract was awarded on behalf of WFEL and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), who are managing the £2.3 billion Boxer MIV contract for the British Army’s new Strike Brigades.
The DBS contract is one of the first tranche of UK supply chain contracts to be awarded for the BOXER MIV programme. The order will ensure that the fully assembled and tested Powerpack units are delivered to WFEL’s new, dedicated BOXER MIV production facility in Stockport, where they will be integrated into the BOXER vehicles.
The Boxer vehicles are being provided to the UK MoD as part of the £2.3bn contract placed with the ARTEC consortium in November 2019.
Ian Anderton, WFEL Managing Director, commented, "As we head closer towards the first ever manufacture of BOXER vehicles here in the UK, we are delighted to welcome DBS to our UK supply chain, a company which has undergone rigorous supplier selection criteria, as part of our wider programme of manufacturing readiness for this vital new capability for the British Army's Strike Brigade."