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US Army CATV Contract Awarded ~ Updated

BAE Systems Hägglunds Beowulf [Hägglunds]

BAE Systems Land & Armaments has been awarded a $278million contract to supply the US Army CATV (Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle).

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US DoD Contract Notice, Arlington VA, 22 August 2022: BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $278,182,786 firm-fixed-price contract for production units, spare parts and contractor logistics support for the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle.

Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 19, 2029. US Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity .

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

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UPDATE: BAE Systems Wins US Army’s CATV Competition, Receives $278 Million Contract

A Beowulf vehicle viewed from the front as it drives through snow-covered woods [© Hägglunds]

Press Release, Falls Church, 22 August 2022: BAE Systems’ Beowulf has won the US Army’s competition for its Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) program and the company has received a $278 million contract for production units, spare parts and contractor logistics support.

The win further confirms BAE Systems as the industry leader in the design and production of military all-terrain vehicles for operations in harsh terrains and in the toughest weather conditions.

Beowulf is an unarmoured, tracked, and highly versatile vehicle for carrying personnel and a variety of 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. This marks the first sale of Beowulf, which is based on its sister BvS10 armoured variant in service with several European nations.

As the focus on Arctic Mobility operations grows, we see increasing opportunities in other markets for the BvS10 and Beowulf with an emerging demand to replace legacy BV206s.

“Beowulf is a highly capable solution to meet the US Army’s requirement for Arctic operations. We look forward to providing our soldiers operating in challenging terrain and environments with this highly capable vehicle,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president of business development at BAE Systems Platforms & Services. “We have been maturing and modernizing cold weather all-terrain capabilities for decades, bringing advanced capabilities to the United States and numerous 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 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.

Its large windows and spacious cabin make Beowulf suitable to the tasks for the CATV program, including search and rescue, defence support to civilian authorities, and homeland defence. Its modern, commercial design ensures soldiers’ operational effectiveness in executing a wide variety of difficult missions.

Beowulf successfully completed the prototype evaluation phase of the CATV program earlier this year in Alaska. It performed in multiple tasks while remaining fully mission capable. 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.

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 program 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.

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