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BvS 10 Armoured All Terrain Vehicle
Hägglunds BvS10.jpg
VIKING Armoured Vehicle of the Netherlands Marine Corps during a demonstration.
Type Amphibious armoured vehicle
Place of origin Sweden, United Kingdom
Service history
Used by United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, France
Production history
Designer BAE Systems, Land Systems Hagglunds
Weight 5.0 tonnes (front car)
3.5 tonnes (rear car, APC version)
Length 7.6 m
Width 2.34 m
Height 2.2 m (front car)
2.1 m (rear car)
Crew driver + 4 passengers (front car), 8 passengers (rear car)

Armor steel, additional modular bolt-on plates
heavy machine gun on ring mount
smoke grenade launchers (front), mortars (back)
Engine Cummins 5.9 litre in-line six-cylinder turbocharged diesel
202 kW (275 hp)
Speed 65 km/h (roads)
5 km/h (water)

The BvS 10 is an All Terrain Armoured Vehicle produced by BAE Systems Land Systems Hagglunds of Sweden. This vehicle, referred to as the All Terrain Vehicle (protected) - ATV(P) or Viking by the UK forces, was originally developed as a collaboration between industry - Hägglunds Vehicle AB - and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on behalf of the Royal Marines. The BvS 10 is similar to, but distinct from, the Bv 206 or Bv 206S. It is a much larger and fully amphibious armoured vehicle based upon the characteristic twin-cab, articulated steering system typical of Hägglunds all-terrain vehicles. The main differences from the older Bv206s are a more powerful Cummins 5.9L diesel engine, improved ground clearance, and newly developed chassis, power train and steering units that give the vehicle considerably enhanced speed and comfort on road and in terrain, as well as greater load-carrying capability (up to 5 tons), and the ability to add various modular sub-systems such as add-on armour, weapon mounts, a load-changer and cargo platforms.

Royal Marines

Originally designed for the British Royal Marines and named Viking, the vehicle underwent an extensive trials and development programme from 2001-2004, led by Major Jez Hermer MBE RM, before the Royal Marines accepted 108 vehicles into service, with delivery commencing in 2005. The Royal Marines Armoured Support Company took the vehicle on operations for the first time in Afghanistan in September 2006, prior to the Royal Marines Armoured Support Group being formed in December 2007.

UK variants

Loading a Viking into HMS Bulwark via the ship's well dock.

The UK currently operates four variants of the vehicle: The Troop Carrying Variant (TCV) capable of carrying 2 crew plus 10 passengers; the Command Variant (CV), which carries 2 crew plus up to 8 passengers with the rear cab being designed as an enhanced digital communications platform, the Repair and Recovery Variant (RRV), carrying 4 specialist maintenance vehicle mechanic crewmen and the Ambulance Variant (AV). The rear cab of the RRV carries a HIAB crane, a full mobile workshop, an air compressor and a 9 tonne capacity capstan winch, together with hydraulic anchors. All three variants are fully air-portable under a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, either complete or in two separate front and rear component parts and are also fully amphibious; being capable of swimming in varying sea-states with a full load of passengers and stores.[citation needed]

UK Viking vehicle variants are used as amphibious armoured all-terrain vehicles for troop transport and as vehicle repair recovery vehicles.

UK deployments

Queen's Royal Lancers in Helmand, 2008.

Some 33 British Vikings, fitted with slat armour, were deployed to Afghanistan at the end of summer 2006 when the Royal Marines relieved the Parachute Regiment in Helmand province. Their low ground pressure is not enough to trigger most of the anti-tank mines in use in Afghanistan, but they have proved vulnerable to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as they do not have a v-shaped hull or substantial under-body armour.[citation needed] Less than two years after being launched, Vikings complemented with the Singapore Technologies Kinetics (STK) Bronco - known as Warthog within the UK military.[1]

In July 2011 a landing craft from RFA Cardigan Bay landed two Vikings and Royal Marines of 539 Assault Squadron in Somaliland. They penetrated several miles of "bandit country" to meet up with an important clan chief and take him back to Cardigan Bay for a meeting with MI6 and Foreign Office officials. This was part of Exercise Somaliland Cougar, an operation to train Somali coastguards in anti-piracy techniques and to establish relationships with tribal leaders.[2]

UK follow-on orders

In May 2007 the British Ministry of Defence placed an order with BAE Hägglunds for a further 21 units, some of which are to be used as an equipment transporter for the new Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle.[3]

Additionally on 26 June 2008 the MoD announced the purchase of an additional 14 Viking BvS 10 vehicles at a cost of £14 million.[4]

The UK Ministry of Defence ordered 108 Vikings from BAE Systems, Land Systems Hagglunds (formerly Alvis Hagglunds), in three variants – Troop Carrier (TCV), Command Vehicle (CV) and repair Recovery Vehicle (RCV).[citation needed]

In June 2008, the UK MoD placed an order for a further 14 Viking vehicles, including nine repair recovery vehicles, one command vehicle and four troop carriers, for deployment to Afghanistan. In January 2009, nine more vehicles were ordered.[citation needed]

99 Vikings are scheduled to be revamped in a £37 million project, improving their firepower, armour and protection. This upgrade will be completed in 2014[5][6]

Netherlands Marine Corps

The BvS 10 is also in use with the Netherlands Marine Corps, 74 units have been delivered. Of which 46 are the APC version, 20 command vehicles, 4 repair and recovery vehicles and another 4 ambulance vehicles.

Dutch Deployments

On 27 March 2008 the Dutch Parliament decided in favour of sending a 60-men strong Marine reconnaissance unit to Chad in support of the EUFOR peacekeeping mission in the region. The marines will function as the eyes and ears of an Irish battalion. This will be the first operational deployment of the BvS 10 Viking in Dutch service after exercises in Norway and the UK.[7]

As part of the Dutch ISAF contribution, a Royal Netherlands Marine Corps company has been deployed to the province of Uruzgan in Afghanistan since July 2009. Several BvS 10 Vikings have been modified with slat armour for this mission.[8]

French Order

On 18 December 2009, the French Armed Forces placed an initial order for 53 BvS 10 Vikings, with the total order for 129 of the vehicles. Including servicing, the contract is estimated to be worth ₤220 million, and the vehicles will be assembled at the BAE factory in Sweden. This is a historic order, as it is the first French order for military equipment from the United Kingdom in decades. In placing the order, France broke with their tradition of supporting domestic products, in this case the Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier, built jointly by ST Kinetics and Thales.[9]

Swedish Order

On 5 January 2012, it was announced that the Swedish Armed Forces decided to procure 48 units of the model BvS10 MkIIB, to be delivered starting in the autumn of 2012, and deployed to the Swedish contingent in Afghanistan in the spring of 2013. The contract is worth approximately 700 million SEK, and also includes support and training equipment. There are also options to order an additional 127 vehicles divided in three different batches in the future.[10] On 25 September 2013, Sweden agreed to buy 100 additional BvS10 vehicles for over $160 million, as part of the options agreed upon in the first order.[11]

See also

Similar vehicles with the BvS 10 ATV include:


  1. "The Warthog Is On Its Way". UK MOD. "Providing improved protection to British troops in Afghanistan 100 BRONCO vehicles have been bought by the MOD from Singapore Technologies Kinetics to be converted into Warthog armoured vehicles." 
  2. Williams, David; Drury, Ian (29 October 2011). "Elite commandos storm lawless Somali war zone to snatch tribal leader". 
  3. "Further Viking Armoured Vehicle Buy will Protect UK Troops", BAE Systems, 2 May 2007
  4. MoD Unveils New Protected Vehicles
  7. "Nederlandse mariniers naar Tsjaad", Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 28 March 2008
  8. "Met aangepaste Vikings en een reuzengeweer de Chora-vallei in", de Volkskrant (Amsterdam), 11 August 2009.
  9. Robertson, David (December 23, 2009). "France spurns domestic group for BAE vehicles". Times Online. 
  10. "FMV procures 48 new armoured all terrain vehicles". FMV. January 5, 2012. 
  11. Sweden will buy 100 BvS10 amphibious all-terrain vehicle from BAE Systems Hägglunds -, 25 September 2013

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