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Netherlands Success Emphasises BVS10 Capability

13 Sep 2005

BAE Systems recent 43 million contract with the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation for 74 BvS10 all terrain vehicles underlines the capability the vehicle offers to customers worldwide.

Designed to operate in conditions ranging from the heat and humidity of the jungle to dry desert and the frozen Arctic, BvS10 is a fully amphibious, armoured, all terrain vehicle consisting of two tracked units linked by a steering system.

The decision to acquire BvS10 for the Royal Netherlands Marines in four variants (troop carrier, command, repair & recovery, and ambulance) will greatly enhance the regiments rapid deployment capability. Fitted with a more powerful engine and having greater load carrying capability and increased armour protection it will supplement earlier Bv206 vehicles currently in service. Deliveries of BvS10 to the Netherlands will commence in January next year with final deliveries in Spring 2007.

The BvS10 is the latest generation of the Land Systems Hgglunds All Terrain Vehicle family, and is based on more than 25 years experience of articulated all terrain vehicle design and production.

The BvS10 is currently in operation as Viking with the British Royal Marines, the first armoured vehicle to be used by the regiment in over 50 years, and is under trial and evaluation in France and Finland.

Ideally suited to emergency and peace-keeping operations, BvS10 is easily transportable, Viking can be moved to the area of operations by C-130 Hercules aircraft, underslung and airlifted by Chinook sized helicopters or quickly split into sections and carried by smaller helicopter types.

About BAE SYSTEMS

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The Company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, combat vehicles, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The Company employs over 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 14.8 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Larsson, BAE Systems
Tel: +46 (0)660 80988
peter.larsson@baesystems.se



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