WFEL and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have signed a contract with AeroGlow International for the supply of the latest HaLO Vehicle Egress Lighting Systems in a further sub-contract award, as part of the U.K. Boxer Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) Program for the British Army.
Emergency lighting systems have been recognized as safety critical for the Boxer vehicles and AeroGlow has said that having the HaLO system fitted to Boxer will ensure the mitigation of drowning and egress risks for British military personnel for the foreseeable future.
The emergency lighting systems will be integrated into the Boxer vehicles by WFEL at its new, state-of-the-art Boxer MIV manufacturing facility in Stockport, with deliveries commencing in 2021 and running through to 2031.
The proven AeroGlow LED escape lighting system will guide Boxer occupants to an exit as quickly as possible should the vehicle suffer a traumatic event and the soldiers need to get out fast.
The awarding of this sub-contract to a U.K. Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) demonstrates the commitment to source 60% by value of the Boxer contract from within the U.K., protecting sovereign engineering and manufacturing skills and ensuring that the vehicles remain supported through their 30-year operational life.
“We are delighted that the latest version of HaLO featuring our Capacitor Pack power supply has been chosen for the Boxer platform,” said AeroGlow Business Development Director, Keith White.
“With the contract with KMW and WFEL set to run for 10 years, this ensures the employment of our staff and our U.K. suppliers’ staff for the long term.”
This contract award mirrors a contract awarded to AeroGlow International by Rheinmetall and RBSL which – together with KMW and WFEL – are joint partners in the U.K. for the manufacture of the Boxer vehicles for the British Army.