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BAE Systems Offers Beowulf For US Army CATV

BAE Systems Hägglunds Beowulf [Hägglunds]

BAE Systems has submitted a bid offering the Hägglunds Beowulf for the US Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme.

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Press Release, 23 March 2022: BAE Systems is offering the Beowulf all-terrain vehicle for the US Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme.

The bid comes after Beowulf successfully completed the prototype evaluation phase* of the programme aimed at replacing the Army’s legacy fleet of vehicles for operating in tough Arctic environments and other harsh terrain.

Prototype BAE Systems Hägglunds Beowulf displayed at DSEI 2015 [© Bob Morrison]

Beowulf performed in multiple tasks while remaining fully mission capable during the prototype evaluation phase in Alaska that began in June and ended earlier this year. The testing included amphibious operations, navigating terrain with varying levels of complexity, starting and operating in extreme cold weather, and most critically, user assessment by soldiers. Ambient temperatures during the testing approached -50°F, and Beowulf performed in a region of Alaska that experienced one of the most severe winter storms on record.

“Beowulf was on point during the evaluation by demonstrating 100 percent availability, that it’s built for this mission and is an ideal solution for the CATV programme,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president of business development at BAE Systems Platforms & Services. “Beowulf’s design and capabilities are based on our decades of experience with all-terrain vehicles, and over millions of miles logged through our legacy vehicles currently engaged in operations in very challenging environments like the Arctic.”

Beowulf is an unarmoured, tracked, and highly versatile vehicle for carrying personnel and payloads in either of its two compartments. Beowulf can traverse snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, and swamp conditions, and can operate in steep mountain environments. Its amphibious feature also allows it to swim in flooded areas or coastal waters.

Beowulf’s articulated mobility system is key to its effectiveness, providing optimal manoeuvrability across varying surfaces. Its modular design can be reconfigured for multiple missions, such as logistical support, disaster and humanitarian relief, search and rescue, and other missions as required.

The large windows and generously spacious cabin make Beowulf suitable to the tasks for the CATV programme, including search and rescue, defence support to civilian authorities, and homeland defence. Its modern, commercial design enhances soldiers’ operational effectiveness to arrive at their objective without degrading their ability to conduct missions.

The Beowulf is built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in northern Sweden, adding firsthand 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 programme will replace the legacy 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 globally, including with the US Armed Forces, since the early 1980s.

A Norwegian BV206 used by US Marines to mount an amphibious landing in Norway during COLD RESPONSE 2022 ~ the US Army also has a legacy fleet of similar vehicles [© Carl Schulze]

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* For April 2021 prototype evaluation phase announcements see:-

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