The U.S. Army has implemented the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) program, or cold-climate all-terrain vehicle, designed to replace the Bv206 armored vehicles that are offered to users as Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs ) are known. Now the same manufacturer of the original vehicle, BAE Systems Hgglunds, has submitted two prototypes of its modern Beowulf for evaluation.
This well-known vehicle, which has been in use since the early 1980s, can be clearly recognized by its design, which is based on two modules of chains connected by a gearbox. This configuration has turned out to be very valid to work not only in snow, but also in mountain areas., Deserts or swamps.
Now Sweden-based manufacturer rnskldsvik has proposed the Beowulf, an unarmoured version of the BvS10, which in turn is the natural heir to the Bv206 and has been in service in five countries since joining the UK’s Royal Marines in 2005.
The aim of the CATV program is to evaluate and acquire a vehicle suitable for transporting cargo and personnel through remote and inaccessible areas typical of the Arctic regions. The design of the Beowulf is based on the same concept of two configurable modules for different tasks, so that in addition to transporting cargo or personnel, it can also carry out other missions such as search and rescue or assistance in the event of natural disasters.
The manufacturer has delivered two prototypes of the Beowulft to be evaluated by the US Army. He trusts that the maturity of his design and the logistical commonality with the BvS10 will be decisive. It also has an engine, gearbox and hydraulic system of American origin. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: The Beowulf is designed for use in extreme climates (BAE Systems)
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