Australia to Make, Export Germany's Boxer Armed Carrier to Germany

(Reuters) – Australia, through its Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, will sign a preliminary agreement with the German military to supply more than 100 Australian made Boxer armed carrier aircraft. This is one of Australia's largest defence export agreements.

In March, the German defence contractor Rheinmetall began manufacturing the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CVR) in Australia's Queensland State, under a 10-year contract to supply 211 vehicles for the Australian Military. This will create 1,000 Australian jobs.

In response to the war in Ukraine, European nations have been restocking their military equipment. This has led to an agreement for Australia to export German military technology to Germany.

Albanese stated that Australia would "deliver more than 100 Boxer-armed carriers to Germany".

He said that it would guarantee the 1000 jobs in Queensland that exist today will continue into the future, and that they will be worth more than A$1 billion to the Australian economy.

An Australian official confirmed that Albanese and Scholz will sign a preliminary agreement when they meet in Berlin to discuss trade and defence on Monday.

Albanese then attends the NATO Leaders Summit in Lithuania on Tuesday.

Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand have been invited as Indo-Pacific Four partners to NATO.