The new contract, worth around $400m, follows the joint procurement by Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom to support Arctic operations for the collaborative all-terrain vehicle (CATV) programme, with Sweden as the lead nation.
“This framework agreement streamlines the process by allowing prospective and existing customers to acquire vehicles at previously negotiated terms while also benefiting from the joint development,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds, which manufactures the vehicles in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
The vehicles will be used as troop transport vehicles, armoured personnel carriers (APCs), and three new German BvS10 versions, including command and control (C2) and two logistics variants that will add combat support to the German Armed Forces.
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The deliveries from the framework agreement will begin in 2024 and extend to 2030.
BAE Systems’ BvS10 articulated mobility systems provide manoeuvrability across varying terrains, including snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, swamps, and steep mountain environments. The vehicles’ amphibious feature allows them to swim in flooded areas or coastal waters.
They can deliver personnel and supplies to sustain strategic, tactical, and operational mobility. BvS10’s mobility is based on terrain-accessible North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) standards.
The vehicle’s modular design allows it to be reconfigured for varying missions. It can be delivered in variants that include carrying personnel, command and control, ambulance, vehicle repair and recovery, logistics support, situational awareness, and a weapons carrier with additional mortar capability.
Germany has invested heavily into military vehicles this month, with deals for 227 of the Collaborative All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) and the second round of the PUMA infantry fighting vehicles upgrades, with 143 vehicles being upgraded.
The vehicles’ all-terrain capabilities and modular design make them a versatile platform for various missions, from logistics and support to combat operations. The new contract clearly indicates Germany’s commitment to investing in the latest military technologies and capabilities to ensure its military readiness and effectiveness.