The prime contractors for the UK’s Boxer MIV program have awarded a new subcontract to a local firm.
WFEL and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have awarded a £30 million ($54 million) contract to Huddersfield-based power transmission company David Brown Santasalo (DBS), for the supply of Powerpack blocks for the UK BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIV).
DBS has been tasked with assembling approximately 250 Powerpack blocks — transmission, engine and cooling systems — over the next decade, with delivery due to commence later this year.
According to the primes, the subcontract would sustain and create at least 20 jobs in the north of England and, helping to support the UK's sovereign industrial defence capabilities.
“Through the development of this key partnership with KMW and WFEL, we are delighted to continue to contribute to the UK economy and our local community through job retention and creation of new roles. We relish the opportunity to continue to strengthen our local team,” Steve Watson, DBS global defence director and managing director, UK, said.
Ian Anderton, WFEL managing director, added, "As we head closer towards the first ever manufacture of Boxer vehicles here in the UK, we are delighted to welcome DBS to our UK supply chain, a company which has undergone rigorous supplier selection criteria, as part of our wider program of manufacturing readiness for this vital new capability for the British Army's Strike Brigade."