The German training and protection battalion is now operating Boxer armored vehicles in Afghanistan. On Aug. 13, the battalion's third company deployed four of the vehicles to Observation Point North in Baghlan province. The Boxers are being used in conjunction with Fuchs (Fox) armored personnel carriers.
Photo: Bundeswehr/Mazar-e-Sharif PIO
The Boxers were airlifted by leased Antonov An-124s from Leipzig, eastern Germany, to Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, on July 22.
Photo: Heer/Anne Weinrich
The Boxers deployed to Afghanistan were upgraded to the A1 version with additional armor and by raising the weapon system by 20 mm. The vehicles have modern mine protection against improvised explosive devices, and each vehicle has an FLW 200 remote weapon station, which can be equipped with a 12.7-mm heavy machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. Their crews must appreciate the air conditioning as temperatures exceed 50C (122F) in Afghanistan in the summer.