A new BAE Systems all-terrain vehicle, which can reach more places and carry more cargo than any other vehicle of its kind, is making its debut at DSEI 2015 (Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition) in London.
The new vehicle, called «Beowulf», is based on the Company’s revered Viking BvS10 fighting, troop-carrying and logistics vehicle that was initially designed in Sweden for the UK Royal Marines. Beowulf has a payload capacity of eight tonnes and built-in flexibility with special role cabins in the rear car to carry a combination of personnel and cargo. The vehicle can traverse through water, swamps, snow and soft sand; and climb 45-degree slopes. Beowulf features increased crew comfort and visibility, and is easy to maintain and support, resulting in reduced operational costs.
«We know from more than 40 years of all-terrain vehicle experience that there is a need for an unarmoured vehicle that can reach places other systems cannot, carry a high payload and do it around the clock regardless of weather conditions», said Tore Akser, platform manager at BAE Systems Hägglunds, a subsidiary of BAE Systems, Inc. in the United States.
BAE Systems sees Beowulf as a successor to its Bv206. More than 12,000 of the glass-fibre bodied vehicles were built and the majority are still in service with military and emergency services in more than 40 countries around the world. Beowulf is well placed to meet a recently declared requirement from the UK Royal Marines for approximately 230 vehicles, in a range of variants to replace the Marines’ 350 Bv206s.
Though aimed primarily at the military market, Beowulf is also expected to attract interest for carrying out civilian missions in areas difficult to access.
In most critical situations, the ability to quickly reach your objective is a top priority. BvS10 Beowulf is designed to support the crew in any conditions and in any terrain. Whether the mission is to transport equipment or serve as an ambulance service, you can always rely on getting there even if you have to cross deep waters or rocky mountains.
Mobile – Outstanding in all environments
Capable – Up to 14 personnel, approximately 17,637 lbs/8,000 kg payload at 40 mph/65 km/h
Durable – Engineered for 24/7 operations
Reliable – All conditions, worldwide
Maintainable – Engineered for low cost of ownership
Amphibious – Without preparation.
|Gap crossing||6.56 feet/2 m|
|Step climbing||≥ 3.28 feet/1.0 m|
|Maximum cant (static)||>35 degrees|
|Turning circle||36/46 feet/11/14 m (with/without pitch control)|
|Nominal Ground Pressure (NGP)||25 kPA (at 0.2/0.05 m sinkage at GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight)|
|Cummins||6.7 L in-line 6-cyl|
|Power||210 kW/285 hk/970 Nm|
|Allison automatic, 6 speed forward, 1 speed reverse|
|Gross Vehicle Weight||~34,171.7 lbs/15,500 kg|
|Height||~8.2 feet/2.5 m|
|Length||~26.25 feet/8.0 m|
|Width||~7.2 feet/2.2 m|
|Maximum speed||~43.5 mph/70 km/h|
|Reverse||~6.2 mph/10 km/h|
|Water speed||~2.5 mph/4 km/h|
|Range||248.5 miles/400 km standard – up to 621 miles/1,000 km|
|2/4 people cabin|
|Load capacity||approximately 6,613.87 lbs/3,000 kg|
|Load capacity||approximately 11,023.1 lbs/5,000 kg|
BvS10 Beowulf is a dual body, amphibious vehicle with well-proven technology that is designed to provide total operational support where other vehicles cannot