Ukrainia Receives Swedish Bandvagn 202 Tracked Articulated All-terrain Vehicles
Ukrainia Receives Swedish Bandvagn 202 Tracked Articulated All-terrain Vehicles

Ukrainia Receives Swedish Bandvagn 202 Tracked Articulated All-terrain Vehicles

The Ukrainian Army has received a batch of Swedish Bandvagn 202 tracked articulated all-terrain vehicles. Motor Media Review reported that Two tracked articulated all-terrain vehicles were modernized at the plant in Strya for the evacuation of wounded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Bandvagn 202 is equipped in such a way that it can move on swamp and snow. The plant plans to modernize another 10-12 units of transport for the needs of the Armed Forces. The first two all-terrain vehicles have already left for the front. This is not an official supply from the Swedish Ministry of Defense: these vehicles were purchased by a private person and donated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Bv 202 has since been succeeded by the Hägglunds Bandvagn 206.

Ukrainia Receives Swedish Bandvagn 202 Tracked Articulated All-terrain Vehicles
Ukrainia Receives Swedish Bandvagn 202 Tracked Articulated All-terrain Vehicles. (Photo by Motor Media Review)

Bandvagn 202 (Bv 202) is a tracked articulated, all-terrain vehicle developed by Bolinder-Munktell, a subsidiary of Volvo, for the Swedish Army. The vehicle is formed by two rubber Kegresse track units with a multi-directional pivot in between. The front unit contains the engine and gearbox through which power is delivered to the front and, via a propshaft in the pivot mechanism, the rear tracks. A hydraulic ram on the pivot “bends” the vehicle in the middle to steer it—there is no braking of track units for steering as on conventional tracklaying vehicles. The controls are a conventional steering wheel on the left hand front of the vehicle. It can reach a speed of 35 km/h on land and 7 km/h (4 kn) on water.

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Ukrainia Receives Swedish Bandvagn 202 Tracked Articulated All-terrain Vehicles
Ukrainia Receives Swedish Bandvagn 202 Tracked Articulated All-terrain Vehicles. (Photo by Motor Media Review)

The Bv 202 was designed to transport troops and equipment through snow or boglands in the northern parts of Sweden. Production started in Arvika in 1964 and ended in 1981. The last Swedish unit to use this vehicle was the Cavalry, who found that the manual gearbox Bv 202 was much quieter than the automatic transmission Bv 206. It can be adapted for other applications. In the Norwegian army units that had both Bv 202 and Bv 206 ran the Bv 202 as the first vehicle if the snow conditions were challenging. The Bv 202 performed better in deep and/or difficult snow conditions. The Bv 202 was used by NATO forces, and replaced the older Swedish Snow Trac ST4 Over-snow Vehicle, which was employed by the British Royal Marines under NATO.

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