BAE Systems Haaglunds has struck a deal with the Czech supplier, Tatra Defense Vehicle, which will provide welding, painting and fitting hull insulation to British, German and Swedish Collaborative All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) BvS10 units.

In a deal worth Kč1bn ($42.7m), the contract covers 250 new BvS10s with an option for an additional 274 vehicles.

It includes both front and rear carriages, which vary from armoured transporters to ambulances according to their mission configuration. Protoype production is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2024, while serial production is set for the end of 2025.

Prior to this latest development service, the three partner nations jointly procured 436 BvS10s in December 2022 – a total of 436 units for $760m. However, it is uncertain whether these will be the units Tatra will augment.

Czech-Swedish industrial partnership grows

Sweden’s prime contractor will lean on its preexisting relationship with the Czechoslovak Group of companies in its global supplier ecosystem. There is already a Czech contribution to Haaglunds’ CV90 Mark IV vehicles for the Czech Army; Czech industrial partners will deliver 40% of the Army’s $2.2bn acquisition in development, production and assembly contracts.

The family of BvS10 variants are armoured, tracked and amphibious vehicles that are capable of traversing terrain that would hinder other all terrain vehicles, asserted Haaglunds.

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These systems have a flexible design allowing commanders and users to make the vehicle fit for specific mission. Its spacious volume aallows for the installation of inter-changeable equipment and hardware.

For optimum security, BvS10 offers protection against ballistics and anti-tank mines, while smoke grenade launchers provide additional protection.

Global BvS10 units

Data from the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ 2023 Military Balance indicated that the Swedish Armed Forces operate 150 BvS10 MkII vehicles.

Elsewhere, Austria employs 32 units; France have 49; the Netherlands use 77; besides BvS10s, Germany also operates 179 Bv206S units; while the UK Royal Marines have 99 units it designates the ‘Viking’.

UK Royal Marines test drive a BvS10, which the country designated ‘Viking’, onto HMS Bulwark. The mission was intended to prove the vehicle was able to deploy straight from the ship to the sea via the ship’s well dock – this is the first time the vehicle was deployed in this manner, 1 August 2011. Credit: Crown copyright/UK Ministry of Defence.

Designed for austere conditions, sales for the Swedish platform may be set to grow further following the announcement that Norway, Sweden and Finland have agreed to establish a transnational military transport corridor, from west to east, across their northern region. The three neighbours will face challenging Arctic climes so far north with minimal infrastructure available to traverse the region smoothly.