BREAKING: BAE Wins Army’s Highly Competitive Cold Weather Vehicle Award
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BAE Systems – along with its Swedish division – won the Army’s competition to build the new cold weather all-terrain vehicle program, according to the company.
The company has been awarded a $278 million contract for production units, spare parts and contractor logistics support that will run through 2029, the Department of Defense said when announcing the deal. award on August 22. The budget documents called for an initial purchase of 10 vehicles.
BAE’s Beowulf vehicle beat out a partnership between Oshkosh Defense and Singapore Technologies Engineering that offered ST Engineering’s Bronco 3 platform, part of the Asian contractor’s Bronco family of vehicles.
The Beowulf will be built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in northern Sweden, the statement said, although it will include several key components from US suppliers, such as its engine, transmission and hydraulic system. BAE Systems Hägglunds also built the former fleet of small unit support vehicles.
The new cold weather all-terrain vehicle will replace the Army Small Unit Support Vehicle, or SUSV, last purchased in 1983 to help soldiers navigate difficult terrain such as snow, mud and swamps. The platform, which is amphibious and tracked, has a footprint that exerts less pressure than a human foot, allowing it to traverse deep snow smoothly.
“This victory further confirms BAE Systems as the industry leader in the design and production of military all-terrain vehicles for operations in difficult terrain and in the harshest weather conditions,” BAE said in a statement. communicated.
The Beowulf is unarmoured, tracked and can carry personnel and a variety of payloads in either of its two compartments. It can traverse snow, ice, rock, sand, mud and swamps, and can operate in steep mountainous environments, BAE said. Its amphibious nature also allows it to “swim” in flooded areas or coastal waters.
This is the first sale of Beowulf – based on its sister BvS10 armored variant – which is in service in several European countries, the company noted.
“As the focus shifts to mobility operations in the Arctic, we see increasing opportunities in other markets for the BvS10 and Beowulf with emerging demand to replace older BV206s,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president of business development at BAE Systems Platforms and Services. statement.
“We have matured and modernized cold weather off-road capabilities for decades, bringing advanced capabilities to the United States and many other countries. This contract means we will continue to do so for many years to come,” he added.
Testing of the two competing vehicles included amphibious operations, navigating terrain with varying levels of complexity, start-up and operation in extremely cold weather and, most importantly, user evaluation by soldiers.
Topics: Army News, Wheeled Tactical Vehicles, Combat Vehicles