BAE Systems Submits Proposal for U.S. Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) Program

BAE Systems has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Army for the delivery of two prototype vehicles for the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) program.

BAE Systems is offering its Beowulf (unarmored BvS10) platform as a production ready vehicle capable of operating in arctic environments and in all types of terrain for the movement of personnel and cargo under the most remote and harshest conditions.

Beowulf is an unarmored, highly versatile articulated tracked vehicle for carrying cargo and personnel in either of its two compartments. Its modular design allows it to be reconfigured for multiple missions, including logistical support, disaster and humanitarian relief, search and rescue (SAR), and a number of other scenarios.

BAE Systems BvS10 Beowulf
BAE Systems BvS10 Beowulf dual body amphibious vehicle. BAE Systems Photo.

“The Beowulf and its armored sister vehicle, the BvS10, represent the most advanced vehicles in the world when it comes to operating in any terrain, whether it’s snow, ice, rock, sand, mud, swamp, or steep mountainous climbs, and its amphibious capability allows it to swim in flooded areas or in coastal water environments,” said Keith Klemmer, director of business development at BAE Systems. “Beowulf’s versatility and adaptability are truly remarkable and it’s ready to meet the Army and Army National Guard’s mission.”

The Beowulf is based on the BvS10, which is currently in production and already operational in multiple variants with five countries, first going into service with the U.K. Royal Marines in 2005. Leveraging the BvS10 means the Beowulf design is already mature and ready for production. Beowulf also benefits from efficient lifecycle management and routine maintenance and sustainment costs by leveraging common components in the BvS10.

Built by BAE Systems Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, the Beowulf and BvS10 include several key components from U.S. suppliers, including its engine, transmission and hydraulic system.

BAE Systems BvS10 Armoured Vehicle
BAE Systems BvS10 Armoured Vehicle

Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV)

The U.S. Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) program, formally Joint All Weather All Terrain Support Vehicle (JAASV), is seeking to replace the Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs) that have been in service since the early 1980s. Those vehicles are known internationally as the BV206.

Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV)
A Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) – Bandvagn 206 (Bv 206) – drives through the Yukon Training Area on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 27, 2020, as part of exercise Arctic Eagle 2020. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Odum)

The CATV vehicle will provide transportation for a combat-loaded Infantry-like squad element, emergency medical evacuation, command and control capability, and general cargo transportation.

The vehicle will need to traverse rocky terrain, inland lakes, marsh and muskeg, deep snow, ice and operate in extreme cold weather (ECW). The vehicle will be capable of operating on- and off-road under a wide range of otherwise impassable terrain for a small infantry squad with associated equipment that is globally responsive.

The Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle will be a high mobility tracked platform that will have a lightweight footprint and be transportable by a variety of means including vertical lift (via CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter) and air-transportable (via C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter).

The CATV Request for Prototypes Proposals was issued by the Army in June through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC).

The prototype should meet all of the CATV requirements and evaluate the vehicle compliance to the CATV Performance Specification. The Government could potentially award up to two prototype projects as a result of proposal evaluation. The Not to Exceed (NTE) budget for each project award is $2 million.

According to the RPP, the offeror shall deliver two CATVs (one General Purpose and one Cargo) to Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), Alaska, for a limited performance and endurance testing and user evaluation events.

The potential follow-on production effort is estimated at $250 million for up to 165 General Purpose variants designed with the ability to be reconfigured between the General Purpose, Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) or Command and Control (C2) configurations and 35 Cargo variants. The potential follow-on production effort may include ancillary services and ancillary items such as spare parts, technical manuals, etc.

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