I will try to post links in future to support any CLAIMS I may make. As for criticism, there is a huge difference between constructive criticism by whish one can learn, and criticism that is aggressive and from which nobody learns anything except that the forum is becoming a less friendly place.
Anyway, I will draw a line under this chain of thought and ger back to the thread's subject.
As the UK appears to be adding additional Boxers to the original contract, what impact do people think this may have on the MRV(P) Phase 2 programme. Could the 4th Light Mechanised BCT end up becoming a medium weight formation as its existing platforms are replaced by additional boxers yet to be order? Will we eventually replace the FV432 "Bulldogs" with Boxer to simplify maintenance and logistics through having a single platform carrying out these roles in addition to the ones already decided on?
My personal opinion is that the Army should seek to keep purchasing additional boxers to fill many of the roles that require an AFV type platform, especially as frontlines are becoming blurred even in conventional conflicts, with the use of UAVs and Special Forces. Having the Command variant of the Boxer already on order, it could form the basis of signals or EW for example. A Bridgelayer would allow Boxer equipped units to cross water obstacles and for a bridgehead to facilitate the construction of a crossing with greater load carry capacity to allow platforms up to and including MBI's to cross.
The version of the Boxer we are Purchasing has the latest more powerful engine and other improvements and will be a fully networked digital platform, with the generating power to cope with additional systems and/or weapons to be installed. The platform has had a multitude of different weapon and equipment configurations trialled and tested at the OEM's expensed, something we should take advantage of. In addition, I believe the British Army has two Battalions testing the Boxer, using Mastiffs' amongst other platforms as stand ins,, how best to use it and which capabilities are essential or desirable. in order for this to be carried out.
In a nutshell I believe that Boxer, together with the Foxhound and its replacement should become the core platforms of the British Army. With a slight increase in the number of Challenger 2 to be up graded we could form three type 44 Armoured Regiments which together with Boxer equipped Recce and Mechanised Infantry units should allow the formation of three Heavy Mechanised BCTs which together with the planned Deep Fires BCT would form a rejuvenated 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division. This would mainly be used as our core contribution to NATO's ground forces. A rejuvenated 1st (UK) Division would then have responsibility for operation outside Central Europe, covering NATO's northern flank as well as those further afield. 6th (UK) Division would cover operations by the UK's Special Forces, regular and reserve together with the new Ranger Regiment plus providing EW, SIGINT, and cyber capabilities in support of other UK and NATO formations. Boxer would be used in my opinion, by those units in 6th (UK) Division that would be attached to either 3rd or 1st Division, and at least one Battalion in each of the Light BCTs in 1st Division to provide a more heavily armed and better protected core in each.
Use of the Boxer platform could go even further, but the above should be enough to start with.