The BvS10 is the latest generation of the Land Systems Hägglunds All Terrain Vehicle family, and is based on more than 25 years experience of articulated all terrain vehicle design and production. Compared with the Bv206, 11,000 of which had been sold to forty countries around the world, the BvS10 has, in addition to armor protection, a higher load-carrying capacity and greater top speeds both on and off-road.
By 2005 the BvS10 was in operation with the British Royal Marines as Viking with the British Royal Marines, the first armoured vehicle to be used by the regiment in over 50 years, and was under trial and evaluation in military procurement projects in France and Finland.
The BvS10 was also acquired for the Royal Netherlands Marines. The Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation signed a contract 01 June 2005 with BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds for 74 BvS10 All Terrain Vehicles valued at approximately 570 mSEK (approximately 43 million). They will supplement the Bv206 vehicles in service with the Dutch Royal Marines since the early 1990s. Series deliveries of the BvS10 commenced in January 2006 and concluded in April 2007. The vehicle was procured in four variants; troop carrier, command, repair & recovery, and ambulance. They were used for worldwide operation as logistics vehicles for carrying both troops and equipment.
Sven Kgevall, President of Land Systems Hägglunds, said: "We are delighted to be awarded this important contract, further cementing our relationship with the Netherlands. The BvS10 provides the Netherlands Royal Marines with the ability to safely transport personnel and equipment to remote and inaccessible places."
"This contract also supports our marketing of the BvS10 and highlights the need for armored all terrain vehicles in the future. The BvS10 has primarily been designed for multi-role worldwide operations, for emergency and peacekeeping operations, being capable of rapid deployment and outstanding performance."
The Royal Navy's fleet of Viking amphibious all-terrain vehicles was regenerated under a new £37m contract with BAE Systems the MOD has announced 03 October 2012. Used extensively by the Royal Marines, the 99 Viking BVS10 vehicles, which can be launched straight from the back of a ship and propelled through water before landing for a beach assault, are in line for a major overhaul by BAE Systems. They were deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 for their versatility across tough terrains before they were later replaced by Warthog. The Vikings will now be fitted with new mine blast protection bodywork and brought back to their original amphibious standard, having been adapted for the rigours of land operations.
Of the 99 Viking vehicles, 19 are set to be fitted with top-mounted guns and nine more will allow for the firing of an 81mm mortar from the vehicle. All will have improvements made to their braking and suspension systems. And, as well as new front and rear car hulls, the Vikings will have the latest mine-protected V-shaped underbody which is designed to protect the occupants should they drive over an explosive device. The regeneration programme is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and will secure the vehicle's service life until its expected out of service date of 2031.
The Swedish government decided in 2010 that the new tracked vehicles, with the working title Snowcat NY, would be procured to the Armed Forces' ground forces. About 30 people at FMV has since been involved in the project to formulate requirements, review the tenders, evaluate, price, cost and conditions and to try out the cars. The award decision meant that FMV orders 48 tracked vehicles in the first round. The carriages are configured in four variants:
- Troop Carrier seats six fully equipped soldiers plus three crew members, 19 pcs
- Ambulance Wagons with space for up to two stretchers, two crew members and two medics, 10 pcs
- Logistics Corporation with space for 10-foot container or platform, 17 pcs. This variant can also be used to carry artillery locating radar Arthur or radio link. The crew consists of three people
- Command Cars with space for four staff people, management systems and three crew members, 2
Land Systems Hägglunds designs, manufactures and markets military vehicle systems. The company's primary products are infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), armoured all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and turret systems. The head office and production facility is in rnskldsvik, Sweden. Land Systems Hägglunds employs around 1100 personnel and in 2004 had a turnover of 3 billion Swedish Kronor (223 million).
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