The US Army has selected BAE Systems to deliver two prototype vehicles for evaluation as a potential solution for the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme. The BEOWULF is based on proven, existing solutions and is capable of moving personnel and cargo in the most remote and harshest conditions. Its articulated mobility system is key to the vehicle’s effectiveness, allowing for optimal manoeuvrability across varying surfaces. It also has a modular design and can be reconfigured for multiple missions, such as:
- logistical support
- disaster and humanitarian relief
- search and rescue
- other missions as required
BEOWULF is based on the BvS10, which has already been produced, including on time deliveries to Austria. Multiple variants are already operating in five countries, first entering service with the UK’s Royal Marines in 2005. Leveraging the BvS10 means the BEOWULF design is already established and ready for production. It also benefits from efficient lifecycle management and routine maintenance and sustainment costs by using common components in the BvS10.
The Beowulf and BvS10s are built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, and include several key components from US suppliers such as its engine, transmission and hydraulic system. The Army is procuring the CATV program through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium. BAE Systems submitted its proposal in July.
The CATV programme is designed to replace the aging fleet of Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs), also built by BAE Systems Hägglunds and known internationally as the BV206, that have been in service worldwide since the early 1980s.