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  • More Boxers Prepare For Fight
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 5:13 PM on Mar 08, 2012

    The Bundeswehr has produced two videos of Boxer armored vehicles preparing for deployment in Afghanistan. The German army is deploying another 20 Boxers to join the five already in country.

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    Source: Bundeswehr

    The first video shows installation of weapons and equipment on Boxers before being airlifted by leased Antonov An-124 to Afghanistan. It also gives a glimpse inside a Boxer command post vehicle, which is being deployed to Afghanistan for the first time. A Boxer is shown being loaded into the Antonov, along with a Bison protected recovery and tow truck on its first deployment to Afghanistan after having been delivered to the Bundeswehr last December.

    The second video shows an Antonov arriving in Afghanistan after a two-hour delay due to technical problems and unloading Boxers, after which they are inspected by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann technicians.

    While the Bundeswehr is sending more vehicles to Afghanistan, German politicians are debating how to withdraw their troops and equipment. Proposals to create a logistics unit for the task, which would temporarily increase the number of German troops in Afghanistan, are opposed by opposition politicians who favor leaving some equipment to reduce the costs of withdrawing.

    Tags: ar99, Germany, Afghanistan

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