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Netherlands Buys BvS10 From BAE Systems Hagglunds

The BvS10.
by Staff Writers
Ornskoldsvik Sweden (SPX) Jan 26, 2006
Eight months after the contract was signed, BAE Systems Hagglunds has today delivered the first armoured all terrain vehicle, called BvS10, to the Dutch Army.

"We are very content with Hagglunds and the company's ability to keep to the time agreed for the first delivery. A key to the success has been the unconventional but flexible way of working, regarding the processes of development, purchase and production" said Brig.Gen. Paul Opgenort.

"Characteristic for this project is how fast and smooth everything has functioned", says Sven Kagevall, Managing Director of BAE Systems Hagglunds. "The cooperation with the Dutch customer has been characterized by a mutual trust. We have in all aspects had a profound collaboration on each level, which also has resulted in an extremely short period of time between order and delivery. This shows Hagglunds ability to realize a project in a short period of time, which is valuable to our customers, who live and act in an increasingly changing time".

The purchasing process was accomplished in less than three months. The lead time between contract and serial delivery has been only 8 months.

The Netherlands has ordered, in total, 74 BvS10 (also delivered to the British Royal Marines under the name of "Viking"). The delivery contains four variants of the BvS10; 46 vehicles for troop carrying, 20 commander vehicles, 4 recovery vehicles and 4 ambulance vehicles. The deliveries will take place during 2006 and 2007. The product name "Viking" will also be adopted by the Dutch Army.

The BvS10 is the latest generation of the BAE Systems Hagglunds All Terrain Vehicle family, and is based on more than 25 years experience of articulated all terrain vehicle design and production.

Parallel to the manufacturing of the BvS10, continues the realization of CV9035 to the Netherlands. These vehicles will be delivered from 2007 through 2010.

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