Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of traditional and electric propulsion solutions for tactical wheel and track defense vehicles as well as medium and heavy commercial vehicles, is behind the gearboxes that can be found the Swedish Armed Forces (FMV) new BvS10 Viking (local name Bandvagn 410). The Swedish Armed Forces has signed an agreement with BAE Systems Hägglunds for 127 Bandvagn 410 that will operate as command and logistics vehicles. The Bandvagn 410 has a great tactical mobility in difficult terrain as well as amphibious abilities. It is designed to handle most things in the field and can reach speeds of up to 65 km/h. The vehicle can also handle sideways slopes as well as uphill and downhill slopes, and in a previous statement FMV stated that the Bandvagn 410 offers unique capabilities in challenging terrain and difficult situations.
“We have worked with Allison Transmission regarding transmissions for our Bandvagn 410 for a long time and are very happy with the quality product Allison delivers. Our collaboration with IM Transmission also works very well. They are a flexible and responsible supplier with whom we have a good relationship,” said Ola Thorén, Communications Manager at BAE Systems.
“Our Allison 3000 transmission contributes to excellent maneuverability for crawling in difficult terrain or navigating tight spaces, while providing superior startability and the ability for rapid acceleration,” said Mats Hallgren, Market Developer Nordics at Allison Transmission.
Strict requirements are placed on operational reliability on a tracked vehicle that can be used in an advanced combat environment. This also includes the individual components in the vehicle, of which the Allison Transmission 3000 Series™ is a very important part. IM Transmission, an Allison Authorized distributor, has been responsible for the delivery of the gearbox to the FMV. Earlier versions of the Bandvagn 410 can already be found in the Swedish Armed Forces, and the model has been manufactured with transmissions from Allison ever since the start. The purpose of the new order is to increase the FMV’s ability to carry out its mission. The delivery of the 127 vehicles is planned to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2024 and is very important for the introduction of the army’s command support system.
In addition to Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands currently use earlier versions of the Bandvagn 410 (BvS10 MkIIB). The Swedish order is part of a joint procurement carried out by these countries. Depending on what the countries have decided, there can be a total of between 500 and 900 vehicles. The vehicles include troop carrier, command, ambulance, and logistic carrier variants and will be delivered from 2014 to 2015. On 3 May 2021, BAE Systems signed a contract worth around $200 million to produce and deliver 127 Bandvagn 410 all-terrain vehicles to the Swedish Army, adding to its existing fleet of BvS10s. The contract signed with the Swedish military procurement agency, is for both command and control and logistics vehicles. Deliveries of the 127 vehicles are planned to begin in 2022 and complete in 2024.