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New All-Terrain, All-Weather Vehicle “Beowulf” Debuting in North America


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The new Beowulf, as designed by BAE Systems.

Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

ARLINGTON, Virginia -- For decades the venerable BV206 has been operated by U.S. military forces in challenging terrains, including at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright in Alaska. Now, the maker of the BV206, also known as the Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV), is launching a new version designed to be its successor. It’s called Beowulf.

 

BAE Systems is debuting Beowulf for the first time in North America during the National Guard Association of the United States’ (NGAUS) annual symposium in Baltimore Maryland, on September 10. Built by BAE Systems’ Hägglunds division in Sweden, the multi-mission Beowulf is meant for military and civilian applications and is capable in difficult-to-reach areas, including for disaster response and relief efforts, as well as search and rescue missions.

 

The tracked vehicle can climb 45-degree slopes, swim through water, and traverse snow and soft and hard terrains in the most extreme weather conditions. It has a payload capacity of eight tons and built in-flexibility that allows for special role cabins to carry a combination of personnel and cargo.

 

“More than 40 years of all-terrain vehicle experience guides us in designing an unarmoured vehicle that can reach places other systems cannot, can carry a high payload and do it around the clock regardless of weather conditions,” said Tore Akser, the platform manager for Beowulf at BAE Systems Hägglunds.

 

Beowulf is an unarmored variant of the company’s BvS10 combat vehicle, leveraged through existing technologies and applying them to different mission sets. In designing Beowulf, the company focused on increasing the vehicle’s flexibility to adapt to future missions. The vehicle can be modified for a wide range of functions, like adjusting power requirements for electronic systems.

 

A range of armament is available for military duties, including a crew support weapon version that has a remote weapon station for fire support, as well as head-out firing capability. It is has also been designed for ease of maintenance with low life-cycle costs.

 

The BV206 was designed in the 1970s and has been in service with dozens of countries for decades. Known in the United States as the SUSV, or “susvee,” it is currently operated by the U.S. Army Alaska, U.S. Marine Corps, and Army National Guard units in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

 

BAE Systems Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems Plc, which is headquartered in Farnborough, United Kingdom.

 

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