Swe­den buys more al­lter­rain ve­hi­cles from BAE Sys­tems

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

BAE Sys­tems has signed a $120 mil­lion (SEK 800 mil­lion) con­tract to sup­ply an ad­di­tional 102 BvS10 all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles to Swe­den. The new sale is the re­sult of an ex­tended con­tract op­tion taken out when the Swedish De­fence Ma­teriel Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FMV) an­nounced a pur­chase of 48 BvS10 ar­moured ve­hi­cles from BAE Sys­tems Häg­glu­nds in Jan­uary 2012.

The ve­hi­cles will be de­liv­ered in dif­fer­ent vari­ants — troop car­rier, com­mand ve­hi­cle, am­bu­lance, and lo­gis­tic car­rier. They will be man­u­fac­tured in BAE Sys­tems Häg­glu­nds´ re­fur­bished pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Örn­sköldsvik, Swe­den with de­liv­er­ies be­gin­ning in 2014 and end­ing in 2015.

The Swedish go-any­where BvS10s fea­ture en­hanced crew er­gonomics, in­ter­nal vol­ume and in­creased pro­tec­tion, plus in­te­gra­tion of the Pro­tec­tor re­mote weapon sta­tion, ra­dio, and bat­tle­field man­age­ment sys­tems. Smoke grenade launch­ers are also fit­ted to give 360 de­gree cov­er­age.

Swe­den, the United King­dom, the Nether­lands, and France all op­er­ate the BvS10 and more than 10,000 of the ear­lier, smaller BV206 fam­ily of ve­hi­cles have been sold around the world. BAE Sys­tems Häg­glu­nds’ all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle fam­ily is also gain­ing in­ter­est for use in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and dis­as­ter re­lief around the globe.

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