Ornskolsvik, Sweden. - The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a contract for an additional 21 BvS10 Viking armoured all-terrain vehicles. The UK's Royal Marine Commandos took delivery of an earlier batch of 108 in July 2003.
The BAE Systems Hägglunds armoured all-terrain vehicles will be used for transporting equipment for the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle. Production deliveries will commence second half of 2008 with prototype vehicles being delivered at the end of 2007.
The Viking was selected due to its high load capacity, protection and mobility. Hägglunds' director for marketing and sales, Arne Berglund, says: "The performance, reliability and cost efficiency of the BvS10 is good news, both for the soldiers in the front line and the taxpayer."
The BvS10 Viking is credited by the UK MoD with saving the lives of UK troops on operations in Afghanistan since its deployment there last year. For more, see MoD release at:
The BvS10's features are resulting in an increased interest of this vehicle from potential customers. The vehicle is fully amphibious and, with its operating range of -46�C to +49�C, it has the ability to operate in jungle, desert and arctic conditions. Each Viking consists of two tracked vehicle units linked by a steering unit. All four tracks are driven and the vehicle retains mobility even if a track is damaged by a mine.
Its relatively light weight of around 10 tonnes means it can be transported to the area of operations by C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster. The unladen Viking can be airlifted by an RAF Chinook helicopter and, when split into front and rear sections, it can be carried by the Merlin helicopter.
Source: Further Viking Armoured Vehicle Buy will Protect UK Troops
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