Sweden, Germany, and UK jointly procure BvS10 ATVs

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Sweden, Germany, and the UK are jointly procuring BvS10 ATVs from BAE Systems Hägglunds (left to right: troop transport, medical evacuation, logistics, command-and-control, and recovery versions). (BAE Systems Hägglunds)

Sweden, Germany, and the UK announced in mid-December that they are jointly procuring BvS10 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the central purchasing body for the procurement, said on its website on 16 December that it had signed a framework agreement with BAE Systems Hägglunds (BSH) for the BvS10 valid until December 2029, with an option to extend it until December 2032. The first purchase order worth USD760 million is for 436 BvS10s – 236 to be delivered to the FMV; 140 to the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support; and 60 to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). BSHsaid in a press release on 16 December that the vehicles will be based on the latest version of the BvS10 in Swedish service and will include troop transport, logistics, medical evacuation, recovery, command-and-control, and logistics variants.

A second purchase order is being developed for 200 more ATVs for Germany.

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Ukraine unveils Mbombe 6 with Spys ROWS

by Vishal Sengupta & Sonny Butterworth

Mbombe 6 with Spys ROWS seen in Ukraine. (General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

A video released by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 18 April shows a South African Mbombe 6 6×6 armoured vehicle equipped with a Ukrainian remotely operated weapon system (ROWS).

The video shows the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, being presented with and inspecting several armoured vehicles, including the Mbombe, at an undisclosed location.

The Mbombe 6 is a wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed and manufactured in South Africa by Paramount Group, as well as under licence in India, Jordan, and Kazakhstan. The vehicle comes with an all-welded steel armour construction providing protection against small-arms fire up to NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4569 Level 4 standards.

The vehicle features a mine-resistant honeycomb flat-bottomed hull design, which lowers its overall height and provides protection against a 10 kg anti-tank mine detonated underneath the hull or a wheel station.

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Operational testing for M10 Booker planned for July

by Meredith Roaten

M10 Booker Combat Vehicle (pictured) will be put through its paces at Fort Liberty in boreal summer 2024. (US Army photo by Bernardo Fuller)

One company in the 82nd Airborne Division will be the first unit to perform operational testing on the new M10 Booker combat vehicle in boreal summer 2024 and will then become the first unit equipped if the testing is successful, army leaders announced on 18 April.

Testing at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, will focus on making sure the platform is baseline operational, Major General Glenn Dean, programme executive officer for Ground Combat Systems, told reporters on the sidelines of an army live-fire and commemoration event. Training for soldiers will focus on logistics and new maintenance after the unit receives the vehicles in July, Captain Rachel Ledbetter, company commander of the M10 Booker test detachment, 82nd Airborne Division, told Janes on 18 April.

While the Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) and M10 Booker share many commonalities, such as the Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV) and machine guns, the logistics tail is different. This means that the test detachment, which come from armoured backgrounds, will have to practice, Capt Ledbetter said.

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Update: GDELS presents 10×10 Piranha Heavy Mission Carrier

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Flatbed version of 10×10 Piranha HMC designed for example to carry large weapon system modules. (GDELS)

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) presented its 10×10 Piranha Heavy Mission Carrier (HMC) in a press release on 15 April.

The new Piranha version has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 40 tonnes and can carry a 17 tonne payload. It features a 10×10 all-wheel-drive-power-driveline and a multi-link suspension system with 1st/2nd and 4th/5th axle steering, which according to GDELS enables minimum axle loads to comply with European road regulations, cross-country mobility, and trench crossing capabilities with a reduced turning radius of less than 18 m.

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