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History of the Hagglunds Bv206
What is a Hagglunds Bv206?
HAGGLUNDS Bv206 or Bandvagn 206 (Bv 206) is a tracked articulated, all-terrain carrier developed by Hagglunds
(now part of BAE Land Systems) for the Swedish Army.
It consists of two units, with all four tracks powered. It can carry up to 17 people (6 in the front compartment, 11 in the rear),
although the trailer unit can be adapted for different applications (see Variants section).
Like its predecessor, the Volvo Bv 202, the Bv 206 is designed to carry troops and equipment through snow and bog-lands in northern Sweden.
The low ground pressure enables the Bv 206 to cope with a wide range of difficult conditions. It is also fully amphibious,
with a speed in water of up to 4.7 km/h. Over 11,000 have been produced and they are used in more than 37 countries worldwide.
The total load capacity is 2,250 kg and a trailer of up to 2,500 kg gross weight can also be towed behind the second compartment.
The Bv 206 is referred to as a Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) pronounced "susvee" in United States service. U.S.
military variants include the ambulance variant, the flat-bed cargo carrier, tactical operations center variant, and the standard model. U.S.
military models are fitted with a 6-cylinder
Mercedes diesel engine and a non-halon fire suppression system since 1997 due to several cases where the front car caught fire and burned to the frame.
Additional users include the American and Australian Antarctic research organizations and Icelandic search and rescue services.
They are also used for search and rescue services in the Australian alpine region. As well, the Bv 206 was used in combat by the
Canadian Armed Forces during Operation Anaconda. The Singapore Armed Forces also uses the Bv 206
and recently transferred several of them to the Singapore Civil Defence Force to be used as a firefighting platform.
- Bv 206A -
The Bv206A is an ambulance version, which is capable of carrying stretchers in the rear compartment.
- Bv 206F -
The BV206F is a fire appliance variant.
- RaBv 2061
The RaBv 2061 (RadioBandvagn 2061) is a Swedish Army communications/command version, fitted with radio equipment and workplaces for staff members.
- PvBv 2062-
The PvBv 2062 is an open top version of the Bv 206 armed with a 90 mm Pvpj 1110 recoilless anti-tank gun, an open top version of the Bv 206 armed with a 90 mm Pvpj 1110 recoilless anti-tank gun.
- PvBv 2063-
The PvBv 2063 is similar to PvBv 2062 but fitted with the launch system for an ATGM, either the TOW (Rbs 55) or the Bofors BILL (Rbs 56).
- Bv 206S-
The Bv206S is an armoured personnel carrier variant of the Bv 206, which provides protection from small arms fire for the occupants.
It is in service with the armed forces of France, Germany (379 Bv 206D/S ordered), Spain, Netherlands, Italy (189 units), Sweden (50 units) and Singapore (300 units), which has replaced with the Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier.
The vehicle can carry the driver and 12 combat equipped troops — four in the front compartment and eight in the rear.
The Bv 206S can be under slung and air lifted by Boeing CH-47 Chinook and Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters or
carried in the C130 Hercules airplane, amongst others.
Canadian troops taking part in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan made good use of this vehicle, riding over rough mountainous terrain with full combat gear,
allowing the men to avoid the exhaustion they would have felt moving on foot at such high altitudes and in such conditions.
- Viking (BvS10)
Main article: BvS 10. Viking (BvS10) is a fully amphibious armoured all-terrain vehicle, which consists of two tracked vehicle units linked by a steering mechanism.
The BvS 10, not to be confused with the Bv 206 or Bv 206S, is a much larger (therefore equipped with a 6-cylinder Steyr M1 engine with 200 kW) and fully amphibious armoured vehicle based upon the characteristic twin-cab,
articulated steering system typical of Hägglunds all terrain vehicles. It was originally designed for the British Royal Marines Commandos and named All Terrain Vehicle (Protected) - ATV(P) VIKING.
It is in service with the Royal Marines Armoured Support
Group and the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps while the French Army have recently ordered 130 Bvs10s.
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- Other variants
Numerous other variants exist including mortar launcher, cargo carrier, fuel carrier, radar, command post and radio relay.
The units can easily be customized to meet the specific needs of a customer.
The vehicle consists of two cars on tracks, with all four tracks driven at all times. The front and rear cars are connected with an ingenious steering device.
This device provides the steering control between the two cars at the same time as it allows necessary freedom for the two cars two
individually follow uneven terrain. (see specifications)
The vehicle is powered by commercially available V6 petrol or turbocharged diesel engine. Automatic transmission, also commercially available,
ensures smooth gear changes, and requires a minimum of driver training.
The vehicle can be air-dropped and transported by a variety of aircraft and helicopters. A majority of the NATO armies, as well as defence
forces in many other countries, use the Bv206.
The Bv206 has been produced in more than 11,000 units and is deployed in approx 40 countries in both a military and civilian role.
The vehicle can be used to transport 17 persons or up to 2,500kgs of equipment
The vehicle`s basic design incorporates a self supporting plastic body and separate chassis. This makes it extremely simple to build a
whole range of vehicle versions, all with the same basic components such as the track drives and transmission.
Savings in spares and training are considerable.
The engine unit can easily be fitted with a hydraulic power take-off for continuous operation of, for example, a hydraulic winch or crane system.
A wide family of variants is developed in close cooperation with end users in order to fulfil
highest possible operational requirements.
Civilian applications may be broadly devided in to the following four categories:
UTILITY vehicles for power and telecommunication companies, water authorities, road authorities, etc.
Customized versions developed for these include linework vehicles, field workshops and inspection vehicles.
FIRE and RESCUE brigades were very quick to detect the potential of the Bv206. As a result, special versions of the vehicle
for fire fighting, salvage and rescue missions are in service with local authorities, airports and other operators.
As described abouth the military versions of the Bv206, the versatility of the vehicle in multiple is enhanced by the system of
modular rear bodies used in conjunction with load-changer fitted to the rear vehicle unit. Thus a fire unit, for example, can be exchanged in
minutes for an ambulance body or an elevating lineworkers platform
Weight and payload
||Front Car*||Rear Car*||Total |
|Curb weight||2710 kg (5974 lbs)||1620 kg (357l lbs)||4330 kg (9545 lbs)|
|Payload ||580 kg (1279 lbs) ||1670 kg (3682lbs)|| 2250 kg (4961 lbs)
|Gross weight||3290 kg (7253 lbs)||3290 kg (7253lbs)||6580 kg (14506lbs)|
|Passengers ||5 (6) ||11 ||16 (17)|
|Cargo space|| 2.5 m3 (88 ft3)||5.5 m3 (194 ft3)||8 m3 (283 ft3|