BvS 10 all-terrain weapon platform bares its teeth at DSEI 2023
BAE Systems Hägglunds is promoting the BvS 10 multi-mission tracked all-terrain vehicle as a highly mobile weapon platform.
The example shown at DSEI 2023 has the front unit fitted with the latest Escribano RWS armed with a Dillon 7.62mm MG coupled to a sensor package that includes day/night cameras and a laser rangefinder.
Mounted on the roof of the rear unit is a Moog Space and Defense Group Flexible MissionPlatform which includes the sensor package in the middle with a pod-four Fletcher Defense 2.75in folding fin aerial rocket (FFAR) launcher on the right and a Saab RBS-70 surface-to-air missile on the left.
Arrayed around this are the four Teledyne radar antenna to provide 360-degrees coverage with the operator seated under protection in the rear cabin.
According to Darren Restarick, regional director at BAE Systems Hägglunds, 'the 10 has the greatest potential tactical mobility of any NATO vehicle currently in service.'
Its low ground pressure enables it to traverse terrain where it is impossible to deploy dismounted infantry and Restarick added that 'its high mobility increases its battlefield survivability'.
The baseline BvS 10 has been upgraded over the years to provide a higher level of protection against mines, small arms fire, shrapnel and improvised explosive devices.
It can also be fitted with an active protection system, bar/slat armour or anet protection system for increased survivability against threats such as rocket-propelled grenades.
This, however, increases the weight of the vehicle and it could well lose its amphibious capability.
There are currently five users of the BvS 10 (Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK), with another two expected in the near future and with potential licenced production in India recently announced.
The US Army has ordered an unprotected version, Beowulf, to replace its currently deployed Bv 206 ATVs. The latter has also been manufactured under licence in the Republic of Korea.
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