A multi-million-pound subcontract has been awarded to HUBER+SUHNER, to supply radio frequency and low frequency cable harnesses for the British Army’s Boxer MIV Programme.
The contract ensures the Boxer vehicles will be equipped with cable harnesses that will provide safe, reliable and mission-critical operation for British Army Boxer crews.
With a global presence across 80 countries, HUBER+SUHNER will carry out the work at its Oxfordshire and Staffordshire facilities, to ensure UK skilled manufacturing roles for the Boxer programme.
The contract will also support growth, including recruitment of additional roles in engineering and operations, with further recruitment planned over the coming years.
HUBER+SUHNER will deliver the first batch of cables in Q3 2023, providing a range of common electrical parts, as well as cables specific to meet the UK MOD’s most stringent performance requirements.
Reto Bolt, Chief Operating Officer for the Industry segment of HUBER+SUHNER, said: “We are very proud to be playing an integral role in this project. Our engineering and manufacturing capabilities in cable connectivity over the past 50 years have been the core of our success.
“The Boxer UK contract will help us expand capacities and resources at our UK facilities over the next eight years to support this project, generating both an upskilled workforce and additional UK manufacturing positions.”
Colin McClean, Managing Director at RBSL added: “This contract is the latest in a series of UK supplier contracts awarded by RBSL for Boxer, ensuring the programme benefits from the best of British engineering and manufacturing whilst also sustaining valuable skills across the country.
“We are very pleased to welcome HUBER+SUHNER to the team and we look forward to working with them as the programme progresses.”
Notes to Editor:
Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL)
RBSL is a UK-based, joint venture business between Rheinmetall and BAE Systems. RBSL has a long-standing relationship with the British Army having designed and delivered many of the Army’s existing combat vehicles under different business names.
RBSL continues to provide in-service support for British Army vehicle fleets and, in addition to the Challenger 3 programme, is one of the major manufacturers of the Boxer Armoured Fighting Vehicle under the UK MOD’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme.
The globally active Swiss company HUBER+SUHNER develops and produces components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. The company serves the three main markets Industry, Communication and Transportation with applications from the three technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency. HUBER+SUHNER products excel in excellent performance, quality, reliability, and long service lives – even under the most demanding conditions. Through a global production network, combined with subsidiaries and representatives in over 80 countries, the company is close to its customers worldwide.
The Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme
The overall £2.3 billion Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) contract was announced in November 2019 between the UK MOD and ARTEC – a joint venture between Rheinmetall Landsysteme, Rheinmetall Defence Nederland B.V, and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The contract will deliver over 600 Boxer vehicles to the British Army.
Vehicle production is subcontracted equally between RBSL and KNDS. The companies will undertake the fabrication of the armoured vehicle structures together with the assembly, integration and test of the complete vehicles at their respective facilities in Telford and Stockport, with support from the UK supply chain.
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