BAE Systems Hägglunds is ramping up efforts to position its armoured BvS10 articulated all-terrain tracked vehicle for a potential requirement by the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) for the eventual replacement of its ageing Bv206 platforms, which were also manufactured by the company.
Darren Restarick, Asia-Pacific business development director at BAE Systems Hägglunds, said the market potential in the region for the company’s BvS10 and the latest BvS10 Beowulf vehicles is “significant” as the vehicles not only meet military requirements, but also address an increasing interest in disaster response and commercial applications.
“No one knows for sure, but globally there are probably around 6,000 to 7,000 vehicles left out of the 11,000 that we have produced over the years, with most of these being in the defence domain,” Restarick told Jane's on 13 September. “Some of these vehicles are quite old, so there is always the prospect of a replacement programme.”
According to Jane’s World Armies , the RoKA has about 393 Bv206 all-terrain vehicles, with the latest batch of 93 vehicles understood to have been delivered around 2005, although it is likely that some of the older vehicles have been lost or written off through routine operations and training.
“One of the reasons that we are here is to explore that possibility,” said Restarick, “and another is to explore the possibility of how we can leverage on Korean industry to pursue local [and regional] opportunities. We have been very active in Southeast Asia and now we are looking to expand our presence in other Asian regions.”
“As far as we know, there are no programmes to date but we are looking at the region [in terms of] the future to see where the opportunities are,” he said.
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