BAE Systems has submitted a proposal for the US Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme centred on its BEOWULF platform.
A production-ready vehicle capable of operating in arctic environments and in all types of terrain under the harshest conditions and in the remotest of areas, BEOWULF is an unarmoured, highly versatile articulated tracked vehicle for carrying cargo and personnel in either of its two compartments. Its modular design allows it to be reconfigured for multiple missions, including logistical support, disaster and humanitarian relief, search and rescue and a number of tactical scenarios.
“The BEOWULF and its armored sister vehicle, the BvS10, represent the most advanced vehicles in the world when it comes to operating in any terrain, whether it’s snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, swamp, or steep mountainous climbs – and its amphibious capability allows it to swim in flooded areas or in coastal water environments,” commented Keith Klemmer, Director of Business Development. “BEOWULF’s versatility and adaptability are truly remarkable and it’s ready to meet the Army and Army National Guard’s mission.”
BEOWULF is based on the BvS10, currently in production and already operational in multiple variants with five countries, first going into service with Britain’s Royal Marines in 2005. Leveraging the BvS10 means the BEOWULF design is already mature and ready for production. The vehicle also benefits from efficient lifecycle management and routine maintenance and sustainment costs by leveraging common components in the BvS10.
Built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, BEOWULF and BvS10 include several key components from US suppliers, including engine, transmission and hydraulic system. The CATV Request for Prototypes Proposals was issued by the Army in June through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium. The programme is designed to replace the Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs) that have been in service since the early 1980s – known internationally as the BV206.