FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems’ Beowulf won the U.S. Army competition for its CATV (Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle) program, and the company was awarded a $278 million contract for production units, spare parts and logistical support to subcontractors. This victory further confirms BAE Systems as the industry leader in the design and production of all-terrain military vehicles for operations in difficult terrain and in the harshest weather conditions.
Beowulf is an unarmoured, tracked and highly versatile vehicle for carrying personnel and a variety of payloads in one of its two compartments. Beowulf can traverse snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, and swamps, and can operate in steep mountainous environments. Its amphibious nature also allows it to swim in flooded areas or coastal waters. This is the first sale of Beowulf, which is based on its sister BvS10 armored variant in service with several European countries.
As the focus shifts to Arctic Mobility operations, we see more and more opportunities in other markets for the BvS10 and Beowulf with emerging demand to replace older BV206s.
“Beowulf is a high-performance solution to meet the needs of the US military for Arctic operations. We look forward to providing our soldiers operating in harsh terrain and environments with this high-performance vehicle,” said Mark Signorelli, Vice President of Business Development at BAE Systems Platforms & Services. “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.
Beowulf’s articulated mobility system is key to its efficiency, providing optimal maneuverability on different surfaces. Its modular design can be reconfigured for multiple missions, such as logistics support, disaster and humanitarian relief, search and rescue, and other missions as needed.
Her large windows and spacious cabin make Beowulf suitable for CATV program tasks, including search and rescue, defense support to civil authorities, and homeland defense. Its modern, commercial design ensures operational efficiency for soldiers in executing a wide variety of challenging missions.
Beowulf successfully completed the prototype evaluation phase of the CATV program earlier this year in Alaska. It performed multiple tasks while remaining fully mission capable. Testing 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.
Beowulf is built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in northern Sweden, adding first-hand experience in operating in an arctic environment. The platform includes several key components from US suppliers, such as its engine, transmission and hydraulic system. The CATV program will replace the older fleet of Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs), also built by BAE Systems Hägglunds, and known internationally as the BV206. The BV206 has been in service around the world, including with the US Armed Forces, since the early 1980s.