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  • Boxers and Wiesels Down Under
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 7:30 PM on Mar 04, 2010

    Some 100 German soldiers have been in Australia since the beginning of February to test the performance of their equipment in desert and tropical conditions. They are conducting operational testing of the Boxer armored transport vehicle, command post versions of the Wiesel 2 and BV206S, and the Mikado mini unmanned aerial vehicle for the army armaments section of the office of the German army, supported by German industry.

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    German army photo of Wiesel 2 by Stefan Heydt

    The testing is being conducted in two phases in Australia: hot and dry at the Woomera testing ground in southern Australia and hot and humid at the Townsville training area in the northeast of the country. At a later stage, testing in a cold (Arctic) climate will take place in northern Norway.

    The German army has conducted operational testing of its equipment in northern Norway and French Guyana in the past, but this is the first time it has done so Down Under. German troops were last in Australia in 1999 when they participated in the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) and the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET).

    Tags: ar99, Germany, Australia

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