U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force Europe 17.2 participate in Skid Pan training in Bardufoss, Norway, Feb. 13, 2018. Being able to control the Viking Amphibious All-Terrain Vehicle (BvS10) in cold weather is a crucial skill that Marines need in order to operate safely. White Claymore is a joint bilateral arctic cold weather training package led by the United Kingdom Royal Marines to train and evaluate proficiency in cold weather operations and enhance strategic cooperation and partnership between the U.S. Marines and the U.K. Royal Marines.
The BvS 10 is an All Terrain Armoured Vehicle produced by BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds of Sweden and under license by FNSS of Turkey. This vehicle, referred to as the All Terrain Vehicle (protected) – ATV(P) or Viking by the UK forces, was originally developed as a collaboration between industry – Hägglunds Vehicle AB – and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on behalf of the Royal Marines.
The BvS 10 is similar to, but distinct from, the Bv 206 or Bv 206S. It is a much larger and fully amphibious armoured vehicle based upon the characteristic twin-cab, articulated steering system typical of Hägglunds all-terrain vehicles. The main differences from the older Bv206s are a more powerful Cummins 5.9 litre diesel engine, improved ground clearance, and newly developed chassis, power train and steering units that give the vehicle considerably enhanced speed (from previous 51.5 km/h on road) and comfort on road and in terrain, as well as greater load-carrying capability (up to 5 tons), and the ability to add various modular sub-systems such as add-on armour, weapon mounts, a load-changer and cargo platforms.