Marines: November 29, 2001


Britain's Royal Marines have received the two pre-production BvS-10 all-terrain protected vehicles. (After initial tests with the prototypes, 106 production vehicles in several sub-types will be delivered.) The total order to Sweden's Haglunds costs $65.7 million. (Haglunds built the prototypes; Alvis will provide the armored bodies for the production vehicles.) The BvS-10 is an armored version of the Bv-206, which is already used by the Royal Marines. The BvS-10 is protected from 7.62mm armor piercing rounds and shell splinters. The BvS-10 and Bv-206 both consist of two linked elements, each with their own tracks, allowing them to cover extremely rough terrain. The BvS-10 can carry 12 fully-equipped troops; it has a maximum payload of 3,160kg and a maximum gross weight of 10,600kg. It can travel at 65kmph on roads and at 5kmph in water (propelled by its tracks). The BvS-10 can be carried by a C-130 or a CH-47.--Stephen V Cole 


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