Multinational BAE Systems has announced it has signed a $ 200 million contract to supply the Swedish Army with 127 BvS10 tracked armored vehicles. The contract was signed by the Swedish Defense Procurement Administration, Frsvarets Materielverk or FMV.
The Swedish Army is already operating the BvS10, heir to the veteran Bv206, which is also in service, and the new vehicles configured in the versions for command and control and logistics transport are expected to arrive between 2022 and 2024. The BvS10 is a vehicle adapted to the most complex environments such as snow, ice, sand and especially the arctic climate. It has amphibious capacity and benefits from a configuration based on two separate modules powered by chains.
BAE Systems Hgglunds has manufactured more than 10,000 Bv206 armored vehicles (Bv for Bandvagn or Tracked Vehicles) for more than 40 customers, which have been used along with the more modern BvS10 for international missions. BvS10 users include Sweden, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. We recently reported on plans by the US Army to test the Beowulf, the unshielded variant of the BvS10, in extremely cold conditions. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: The unmistakable silhouette of the BvS10 (BAE Systems)
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