The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, has awarded BAE Systems a £65 million contract to supply 48 BvS10 armoured all-terrain vehicles.
The contract follows the down selection of the BvS10 on January 5 and provides options for an additional 127 vehicles and an even more comprehensive sustainment package, which could include in-theatre support. This would more than triple the overall value, BAE Systems says.
The BvS10 was selected for the programme following a competition launched in June last year. Swedish vehicles will be equipped with the Protector remote weapon station, radio and battlefield management systems and mmoke grenade launchers for 360 degree coverage.
“We made an overall assessment of the two competing vehicles’ performance, price, life support costs and also assessed the bidders’ ability to deliver in accordance with the requirements,” said Brigadier General Anders Carell, Head of FMV’s land systems procurement command. “The outcome of our assessment was very clearly in favour of BAE Systems and BvS10.” The BAE Systems vehicle beat Singapore’s Bronco ATTC.
The 48 BvS10s will be delivered in troop carrier, command vehicle, ambulance and logistic carrier variants. They will be manufactured in the newly-refurbished production facility in Örnsköldsvik with first deliveries in October this year and the final vehicle to be delivered in November next year. They will be deployed for operational use in Afghanistan by early 2013.
“The contract from FMV is further proof of the superior capabilities that the versatile BvS10 provides,” says BAE Systems Vehicles’ Managing Director Jan Söderström. “Thanks to our recently refurbished manufacturing plant, we can provide the BvS10 within a short delivery time frame and at a very competitive price. This will now provide the Swedish Armed Forces with an ideal combination of mobility and protection.”
The fully amphibious BvS10 is the latest version of the Bv206 armoured all-terrain vehicle. The BvS 10 is a larger vehicle with improved load capacity and a more powerful diesel engine, while retains the well-proven capabilities of precedent Bv206 vehicles.
The tracked VHM weighs 14 tonnes, is 7.6 meters long and comprising two articulated modules linked by a special assembly which allows it to cross terrains that are impracticable for wheeled vehicles. It can thus avoid roads or other conventional surfaces that can be easily mined with improvised explosive devices.
Derived in three specialist variants (command post, logistic transport and troop carrier), the VHM can carry up to 11 fully equipped soldiers with their individual and squad weapons. Depending on the version, the VHM can be fitted with a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun for self-defence.
The armoured VHM is protected against small-calibre rounds, infantry rocket launchers, mines and improvised explosive devices.
The Viking (British designation for the BvS 10) was ordered by the British Ministry of Defence in 2001. It was originally developed as a collaboration between industry – Hägglunds Vehicle AB – and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on behalf of the Royal Marines.
The Netherlands placed an order for 74 BvS10 all-terrain armoured vehicles worth 570 million SEK (UE$82 million) in June 2005. These vehicles were procured for the Royal Netherlands Marines with deliveries beginning in January 2006.
France received its first of at least 53 BvS10s, known in France as the VHM, on November 7 last year. The VHM was accepted by France in September 2011 after eight months of intensive trials, including on snow, sand and marshes. Deliveries will be completed by the end of next year.