BAE Systems Hagglunds has been awarded a contract for a mid-life upgrade (MLU) of the Netherlands’ Bandvagn 206 (Bv206) all-terrain vehicles.
Awarded by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the agreement includes an upgrade of the 95 Bv206 vehicles, including delivery of one prototype, as well as six pre-series vehicles and an option for a further 88.
The MLU programme includes replacement of the engine, transmission, tracks and electrical systems, as well as renovations for other sub-systems.
BAE Systems Hägglunds Business Development director Peter Nygren said: “We believe we will provide our Dutch customer with critical capabilities through the upgrade work, which will ensure their Bv206s continue to serve as some of the most capable and reliable all terrain vehicles in the world.
“This contract is key for us, as it will serve as a valuable basis and reference in our ambitions to provide further Bv206 upgrades to other customers around the world.”
The first seven vehicles will be upgraded at the company’s facility in Ornsköldsvik, Sweden, while modernisation of the remaining 88 Bv206s is scheduled to be undertaken in the Netherlands, in close cooperation with the customer.
Derived from the Volvo Bv202 tracked articulated, all-terrain vehicle, the Bv206 is designed to carry soldiers and equipment through snow and bog lands, and in a wide range of other difficult environments.
The vehicles are suitable for patrol and rescue operations in arctic conditions and other terrains.
To date, BAE has delivered more than 11 000 Bv206s to 40 countries worldwide.
Image: BAE will upgrade the Dutch military’s 95 Bv206 all-terrain vehicles. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.