Tognum To Supply MTU Engines For The Boxer Armored Vehicle
Tognum received a follow-up order for the supply of more than 200 MTU engines model 8V 199 TE 20 with a power output of 530 kW for the Boxer Armored Vehicle (AV). The order includes mainly Boxer vehicles of the Royal Dutch Army and a smaller part of vehicles for the German Bundeswehr.
The MTU 8V 199 TE20 diesel engine powers the vehicle weighing up to 33 tons and is capable of bringing it to a maximum speed of more than 100 km/h. The company explained that engine Series 199 is based on the latest design status of the Mercedes-Benz OM 500 commercial vehicle engine and has been modified by MTU for military applications. This includes the power upgrade in comparison to the commercial vehicle engine as well as the dry-sump lubrication in order to meet the requirements for operation at extreme inclinations. In this, the technical demands on military vehicles such as high power output, compact design and utmost reliability under extreme operating conditions be met.
The Boxer is a heavily-armored, off-road, 8x8 AWD vehicle which is manufactured in nine different versions. Each of them is based on a drive module which is almost identical for all versions; this drive module is supplemented by mission modules.
The first standard-production vehicle will be delivered to the German Army next month. The Netherlands will receive its first vehicles in early 2011. For the Boxer AVs of the German Army this represents a follow-up, as MTU had received an order for the supply of engines as early as 2007.
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