Viking BVS10 All Terrain Vehicle (Protected) ATV(P)
Viking (BvS10) is a fully amphibious
armoured all-terrain vehicle, which consists of two tracked
vehicle units linked by a steering mechanism.
The UK Ministry of Defence initially ordered 108 Vikings from
BAE Systems, Land Systems Hagglunds (formerly Alvis Hagglunds),
in three variants – Troop Carrier (TCV), Command Vehicle (CV)
and repair Recovery Vehicle (RCV).
The Viking BVS10 All Terrain Vehicle
(Protected) ATV(P) is the third generation of articulated
vehicles produced by BAE Systems Hagglunds of Sweden.
The UK currently operates three variants of the vehicle: The Troop Carrying Variant (TCV) capable of carrying 2 crew plus 10 passengers; the Command Variant (CV), which carries 2 crew plus up to 8 passengers with the rear cab being designed as an enhanced digital communications platform and the Repair and Recovery Variant (RRV), carrying 4 specialist maintenance vehicle mechanic crewmen. The rear cab of the RRV carries a HIAB crane, a full mobile workshop, an air compressor and a 9 tonne capacity capstan winch, together with hydraulic anchors. All three variants are fully air-portable under a Chinook helicopter, either complete or in two separate front and rear component parts and are able to carried by a C-130.
In October 2008, the UK MoD
announced plans to procure 100 new vehicles to replace Viking
vehicles operating in Afghanistan. The new vehicle is to be
called Warthog. In December 2008, the MoD announced that the
Warthog will be based on the Singapore Technologies Kinetics
Bronco all-terrain vehicle, which will be delivered by the end
Photo Copyright BAe Systems