BAE Systems Hägglunds (Stand S3-110) is launching the latest in its BvS 10 family of all-terrain tracked vehicles at DSEI 2015 − the BvS 10 Beowulf. It is aimed as a potential replacement of the older Bv 206 unarmoured vehicles, of which the company has sold more than 11,000 to some 40 countries − most of which are still in service.
According to the company, one early potential customer is the UK Royal Marines, which operates a fleet of older Bv 206 all-terrain vehicles for a variety of battlefield roles. About 230 new vehicles are required.
The latest BvS 10 Beowulf uses the same chassis and running gear as the combat-proven BvS 10, already deployed by France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK (known as the Viking), of which the current production model is the BvS 10 Mk II. It is fitted with an unarmoured front unit to which a variety of special-to-role rear units can be attached.
As Beowulf is fitted with a lightweight unarmoured body, it has a greater payload than the fully protected version of the BvS 10 Mk II, as well as having increased crew comfort and visibility and reduced through life operating and support costs.
It has a baseline weight of 8 tonnes and a maximum gross vehicle weight of 15 tonnes. The front unit has a load capacity of 3 tonnes, while the rear unit has a capacity of up to 8 tonnes, which is three times more than the Bv 206, which was designed more than 40 years ago.
The vehicle is powered by a Cummins 6.7 litre in-line diesel engine developing 285hp coupled to an Allison six-speed transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of 70km/h. It is fully amphibious, being propelled by its rubber band tracks at a maximum speed of 4km/h.
Although designed mainly for the military market, BAE Systems Hägglunds sees a significant potential civil market for the BvS 10 Beowulf, where a high level of cross-country mobility and payload is required, such as in emergency and humanitarian applications.