BAE Systems and Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) have partnered to bring the BvS10 all-terrain vehicle to the Indian market, with the vehicle participating in Indian Army trials starting later this month.
(left to right) BAE Systems BD VP Brian Gathright, BAE Systems Hägglunds President Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, L&T Defence Executive VP & Head Mr Arun Ramchandani, BAE Systems Group Managing Director, BD Gabby Costigan and BAE Systems India Managing Director Adam Watson.
Courtesy BAE Systems
The two companies have signed a licensing and manufacturing agreement to offer the BvS10 for the Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle (AATV) for the Indian Armed Forces, under the 'Make in India' programme.
Under the agreement, L&T is the prime for the Indian market, with the support of BAE Systems Hägglunds, the Swedish manufacturer of the highly-successful BvS10 family of vehicles. BAE Systems and L&T have upgraded the BvS10 to meet the specific requirements of the Indian Armed Forces. This new variant will be known as the BvS10-Sindhu. The AATV programme aims to deliver vehicles from L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex, along with integrated logistic support (ILS).
“Our BvS10 all-terrain vehicle will demonstrate the critical capabilities the Indian Army needs when it participates in the trials later this month. Unsurpassed mobility, flexibility and the ability to work in extreme climatic conditions are at the core of the BvS10 design,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds. “Our teaming with Larsen & Toubro gives us the opportunity to expand into the Indo-Pacific market.”
Larsen & Toubro sees this opportunity as an impetus for L&T’s Armoured Systems business to build on the aegis of a strong manufacturing and design base coupled with the experience of BAE Systems. “L&T and BAE Systems’ tie-up synergises our strengths to provide a solution to meet the expectations of the Indian Army,” said Mr. Arun Ramchandani, Executive Vice President & Head L&T Defence. “The BvS10-Sindhu is the ideal vehicle for the extremely challenging terrain and climatic conditions in which it is proposed to be deployed.”
The BvS10 vehicle on display at DSEI in London this week features a Mobile Short Range Air Defense system (MSHORAD) configuration. This demonstrates the versatility of the vehicle, evolving into a modular fighting vehicle which can carry a broad array of payloads addressing almost any threat in the modern operating environment without impacting the under-armour volume.
The BvS10’s articulated mobility, provides optimal manoeuverability across varying terrains including snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, swamps and steep mountain environments. The vehicle’s amphibious features also allow it to swim in flooded areas or coastal waters. It can deliver personnel and supplies as well as mounted lethality to address any threat in the modern operating environment.
The modular design allows the BvS10 to be reconfigured for varying missions. It can be delivered in multiple variants that include transporting personnel, command and control, ambulance service, vehicle repair and recovery, logistics support, situational awareness, as well as vehicle mounted lethality and support weapons.
The vehicle is currently in service in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. It is also on order for the German Army. BAE Systems’ Beowulf - the unarmoured variant of the BvS10 - won the US Army’s competition for its Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme in August. The US Army will receive 110 vehicles over a five-year period.