Sweden is looking to purchase around 100 more BAE Systems BvS10 Mk IIB all-terrain vehicles, Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enstrom has stated.
Enstrom made the call on 24 September in a local newspaper article, although no formal request to that effect is understood to have been made to contractor BAE Systems.
Sweden ordered 48 BvS10s across four variants after selecting the vehicle in a competitive tender in January 2012. The initial order, worth SEK700 million (USD109 million) also include options for a further 127 vehicles across three batches.
Enstrom stated that Sweden wanted "approximately 100" more BvS10s, with a BAE Systems spokesperson telling IHS Jane's on 26 September that "we intend to start that discussion [around the number of vehicles] now and foresee that the deliveries will be 2014-16".
BAE Systems expects that Sweden will ask "for a mix of variants" in the new order, although these will be the same as from the initial order (armoured personnel carrier; command & control; logistics; and ambulance) and "not any completely new variants".
Deliveries of the original 48 BvS10s are ongoing and set to be completed in the second quarter (Q2) of 2014 - a delay from the original completion date of November 2013. According to BAE Systems, there have "been some minor changes technically and therefore a new timeplan", adding that this was "fully agreed with the Swedish customer … [and] they now are going for new batch".