Based on these trials the Army will decide on the winning design
to be used with the future program. The FRES program will equip
the UK Armed Forces with over 3,000 new medium weight armored,
air-transportable vehicles configured for reconnaissance, direct
fire, and maneuver support roles.
The candidate vehicles are the Boxer,
produced by the Dutch-German ARTEC consortium; Piranha, a Mowag
design presented by General Dynamics UK; and the VBCI
(Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie, or
"Armoured vehicle for infantry combat") produced by
the French company Nexter. The trials have involved the candidate
vehicles being evaluated by technical experts and soldiers.