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The Swedish Army will receive a further 127 protected all-terrain command and transport vehicles BvS10. The Swedish military procurement authority FMV has a 166 million euro contract with BAE Systems for the production and delivery of these vehicles in the period from 2022 to 2024. The vehicles are manufactured at BAE Systems Hägglunds in Sweden.

The buoyant BvS10 consists of two vehicle parts on two chains each, which are steered via the connecting articulated joint. The crew - four soldiers in the front cabin and eight soldiers in the rear cabin - are protected against fire and blasts. The four wide chains and the large ground clearance enable seamless operation on firm or marshy ground and in bodies of water. With a total weight of around 16 tons (loaded), the specific ground pressure is only about half that of most combat vehicles. This enables the BvS10 to operate in areas - rocks, mountains, snow, swamps and arctic environments - that are inaccessible to other vehicles and often to soldiers on foot. The modular design of the BvS10 allows it to be adapted to changing mission requirements.

With this order, Sweden increases the number of BvS10 vehicles to 277 vehicles. Sweden also operates several thousand Bv206D and Bv206S that go back to a design from the 1970s. According to BAE Systems, more than 10,000 vehicles have been sold in over 40 countries. The operators of the BvS10 include Austria, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, who have already used the vehicle on missions in Afghanistan, Central Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East.

The delivery order that has now been placed is not related to the Collaborative All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) procurement project, with which Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden are looking for a successor to the Bv206 and BvS10 under Swedish project management. Germany and the Netherlands have put their requirements at 140 and 124 vehicles respectively from 2024.

Gerhard Heiming