BAE Systems has secured a $278m contract to deliver its Beowulf unarmoured vehicle to support the US Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme.

As part of the deal, BAE Systems is required to supply the vehicle, spare parts, and provide logistics support.

The contract was awarded after the US Army concluded the testing phase of the CATV programme earlier this year.

Beowulf competed with the Oshkosh Defense/ST Engineering Bronco 3 forward operating vehicle in the programme’s prototype evaluation phase in Alaska. 

BAE Systems’ prototype was tested for amphibious operations, terrain navigation, and operations in extreme cold weather. It also underwent a user assessment by soldiers.

Built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in Sweden, Beowulf is based on its BvS10 armoured variant.

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Its key features, including the engine, transmission, and hydraulic system, are provided by US suppliers.

The tracked vehicle features two compartments to accommodate personnel and multiple payloads. The vehicle can travel through complex terrains including snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, and mountain environments.

In addition, the amphibious vehicle can move through flooded areas.

Beowulf’s modular design enables the system to be reconfigured to meet multiple mission needs.

The vehicle’s large windows and cabin are ideal to facilitate tasks such as search and rescue, defence support to civilian authorities, and homeland defence.

The latest contract marks the first sale of the Beowulf.

BAE Systems Platforms and Services business development vice-president Mark Signorelli said: “Beowulf is a highly capable solution to meet the US Army’s requirement for Arctic operations.

“We have been maturing and modernising cold weather, all-terrain capabilities for decades, bringing advanced capabilities to the United States and numerous other countries. This contract means we will continue to do so for many years to come.”

The Army’s CATV programme seeks to replace BAE’s legacy fleet of Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs) or the BV206, which has been serving several armed forces since the 1980s.