Bandvagn 206

U.S. Marines with 2d Marine Division and 2d Marine Logistics Group operate Bandvagn 206s through mountainous terrain during the Belted Vehicle Course in Forset, Norway, Dec. 11, 2022. The Belted Vehicle Course teaches Marines technical knowledge and proficiency in operating the Bandvagn 206 in the arctic environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Averi Rowton)

Bandvagn 206 (Bv 206) is a tracked articulated, all-terrain carrier developed by Hägglunds (now part of BAE Systems Global Combat Systems) for the Swedish Army. It consists of two units, with all four tracks powered. It can carry up to 17 people (6 in the front compartment, 11 in the rear), and the trailer unit can be adapted for different applications (see Variants section).


Bv 206A

The Bv206A is an ambulance version, which is capable of carrying stretchers in the rear compartment.

Bv 206F

The BV206F is a fire appliance variant.

RaBv 2061

The RaBv 2061 is a radio/command version, fitted with radio equipment and workplaces for staff members.

PvBv 2062

The PvBv 2062 is an open top version of the Bv 206 armed with a 90 mm Pvpj 1110 recoilless anti-tank gun.

PvBv 2063

The PvBv 2063 is similar to PvBv 2062 but fitted with the launch system for an ATGM, either the TOW (Rbs 55) or the Bofors BILL (Rbs 56).

Bv 206S

The Bv206S is an armoured personnel carrier variant of the Bv 206, which provides protection from small arms fire for the occupants. It is in service with the armed forces of France, Germany (379 Bv 206D/S ordered), Spain, Netherlands, Italy (189 units), Sweden (50 units) and Singapore (300 units) which is replaced with the Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier.

Using a Steyr M1-"Monoblock" engine (6-cylinder, 130 kW), the vehicle can carry the driver and 12 combat equipped troops — four in the front compartment and eight in the rear. The Bv 206S can be under slung and air lifted by Boeing CH-47 Chinook and Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters or carried in the C130 Hercules airplane, among others.

Canadian troops taking part in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan made good use of this vehicle, riding over rough mountainous terrain with full combat gear, allowing the men to avoid the exhaustion they would have felt moving on foot at such high altitudes and in such conditions.

BvS 10

The BvS 10, not to be confused with the Bv 206 or Bv 206S, is a much larger (therefore equipped with a 6-cylinder Steyr M1 engine with 200 kW) and fully amphibious armoured vehicle based upon the characteristic twin-cab, articulated steering system typical of Hägglunds all terrain vehicles. It was originally designed for the British Royal Marines Commandos and named All Terrain Vehicle (Protected) - ATV(P) VIKING. It is in service with the Royal Marines Armoured Support Group and the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps while the French Army have recently ordered 130 Bvs10s.

Specifications (original version)

  • Engine: 2.8L 99 kW Ford Cologne V6.
  • Gearbox: MB W 4A-018 automatic transmission
  • Weight: 4,500 kilograms (9,900 lb)
  • Cargo load: 2240 kg (630 kg in front unit and 1610 kg in trailer unit)
  • Length: 6.9 metres (23 ft)
  • Width: 1.87 metres (6.1 ft)
  • Height: 2.4 metres (7.9 ft)


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