Bandvagn 206

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Bandvagn 206
Bv 206 Armoured All Terrain Vehicle
US 5055th Range Squadron M973 SUSV.jpg
TypeArmoured vehicle
Place of originSweden
Service history
Used bySee operators
Production history
No. built11,000+ (as of 2017)[1]
VariantsSee variants
Mass4,500 kg (9,900 lb)
Length6.9 m (22 ft 8 in)
Width1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Height2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
CrewDriver + 5 passengers (front car)
Passengers11 passengers (rear car)

Heavy machine gun on ring mount
Smoke grenade launchers (front), mortars (back)
Engine2.8L 99 kW Ford Cologne V6
99 kW (132 hp)
Maximum speed 65 km/h (40 mph) (roads)
5 km/h (3.1 mph) (water)

Bandvagn 206 (Bv 206) (meaning "Tracked Vehicle 206" in English) is a tracked articulated, all-terrain carrier developed by Hägglunds (now part of BAE Systems Platforms & Services) for the Swedish Army. It consists of two units, with all four tracks powered. It can carry up to 17 people (6 in the front compartment, 11 in the rear), and the trailer unit can be adapted for different uses (see Variants section).


US Marines in a Norwegian Bv 206 traveling through snow.

Development of the Bv 206 all-terrain articulated tracked carrier began in 1974. Three batches of trial vehicles were delivered between 1976 and 1978 and the first production examples were delivered to the Swedish Defense Administration in 1980.

Like its predecessor, the Volvo Bv 202, the Bv 206 is designed to carry troops and equipment through snow and bog-lands in northern Sweden. The low ground pressure enables the Bv 206 to cope with a wide range of difficult conditions. It is also fully amphibious, with a speed in water of up to 4.7 kilometres per hour (2.9 mph). Over 11,000 have been produced and they are used in more than 37 countries worldwide.

The total load capacity is 2,250 kilograms (4,960 lb) and a trailer of up to 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) gross weight can also be towed behind the second compartment.

The Bv 206 is referred to as a Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) pronounced "susvee" in United States service. U.S. military variants include the standard model (M973), a tactical operations center variant (M1065), an ambulance variant (M1066) and a flat-bed cargo carrier (M1067). U.S. military models are fitted with a 6-cylinder Mercedes diesel engine and a non-halon fire suppression system since 1997 due to several cases where the front car caught fire and burned to the frame.

A Bv 206D being transported by a German Army CH-53.

Users include the American and Australian Antarctic research organizations and British, Icelandic and Canadian search and rescue services. They are also used for search and rescue services in the Austrian alpine region. The Bv 206 was used in combat by the Canadian Army during Operation Anaconda. The Singapore Armed Forces uses the Bv 206, and recently transferred several of them to the Singapore Civil Defense Force for use as a firefighting platform.

Decommissioned units have been purchased by private owners and rented as transports, particularly in Alberta, Canada, to access remote oil wells, as well as cut blocks which need to be reforested by tree planting.

The Bv 206 is used in Antarctica, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Singapore,[citation needed] South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


This tracked vehicle, a Swedish Hägglunds Bv 206, achieves low ground pressure through full-length, wide rubber tracks and a lightweight body. The two sections of the vehicle are articulated, allowing it to keep contact with the ground over broken terrain. The ground pressure is low enough that the vehicle can traverse loose snow without sinking. The vehicle is amphibious and propelled in water by its tracks.

Bv 206A[edit]

The Bv 206A is an ambulance version, which is capable of carrying stretchers in the rear compartment.

Bv 206F[edit]

The Bv 206F is a fire appliance variant.

RaBv 2061[edit]

The RaBv 2061 (RadioBandvagn 2061) is a Swedish Army communications/command version, fitted with radio equipment and workplaces for staff members.

PvBv 2062[edit]

The PvBv 2062 (PansarvärnsBandvagn 2062) is a Swedish Army anti-tank vehicle, an open top version of the Bv 206 armed with a 90 mm Pvpj 1110 recoilless anti-tank gun.

PvBv 2063[edit]

The PvBv 2063 (PansarvärnsBandvagn 2063) is another Swedish Army anti-tank vehicle, similar to PvBv 2062, but fitted with the launch system for an ATGM, either the TOW (Rbs 55) or the Bofors BILL (Rbs 56).

Bv 206S[edit]

The Bv 206S is an armoured personnel carrier variant of the Bv 206, which provides protection from small arms fire for the occupants. It is in service with the armed forces of France, Germany (379 Bv 206D/S ordered), Spain, Netherlands, Italy (158 units), Sweden (50 units), Greece (Bv 208) and Singapore (300 units), which has replaced it with the Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier.

An armored Bv 206S ambulance of the German Army.

Using a Steyr M1-"Monoblock" engine (6-cylinder, 130 kW),[2] the vehicle can carry the driver and 12 combat-equipped troops — four in the front compartment and eight in the rear. The Bv 206S can be underslung and airlifted by Boeing CH-47 Chinook and Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters or carried in the C130 Hercules airplane, amongst others.

Canadian troops taking part in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan made good use of this vehicle, riding over rough mountainous terrain with full combat gear, allowing the men to avoid the exhaustion they would have felt moving on foot at such high altitudes and in such conditions.

The UK is looking to replace its Bv206Ds by 2020.[3]


Produced in Russia under license from Hägglunds by the GAZ Group at the Zavolzhsky Plant Of Caterpillar Tractors. Uses a 6-cylinder Steyr M16 turbodiesel engine.[4][5][failed verification]

BvS 10[edit]

The BvS 10, not to be confused with the Bv 206 or Bv 206S, is a much larger (therefore equipped with a 6-cylinder Steyr M1 engine with 200 kW[6]) but still fully amphibious armoured vehicle based upon the characteristic twin-cab, articulated steering system typical of Hägglunds all terrain vehicles. It was originally designed for the British Royal Marines Commandos and named All Terrain Vehicle (Protected) - ATV(P) VIKING. It is in service with the Royal Marines Armoured Support Group and the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps while the French Army have recently ordered 130 Bvs10s. The Austrian Armed Forces 32 BvS10AUT represents the most modern variant with full vehicle and crew protection and a .50 calibre remote-controlled weapon station. It is also planned for the Italian Army.

BvS 10 Beowulf[edit]

The BvS 10 Beowulf is essentially an unarmored version of the BvS 10 Viking.

Other variants[edit]

Other variants exist including mortar carrier, cargo carrier, fuel carrier, radar, command post and radio relay. The units can easily be customized to meet customer requirements.

Specifications (original version)[edit]

Diagram of the Bv 206.
  • Engine: 2.8L 99 kW Ford Cologne V6.
  • Gearbox: MB W 4A-018 automatic transmission
  • Weight: 4,500 kilograms (9,900 lb)
  • Cargo load: 2,240 kilograms (4,940 lb) - 630 kilograms (1,390 lb) in front unit and 1,610 kilograms (3,550 lb) in trailer unit)
  • Length: 6.9 metres (23 ft)
  • Width: 1.87 metres (6.1 ft)
  • Height: 2.4 metres (7.9 ft)


Map of Bandvagn 206 operators in blue.

Current operators[edit]

Civilian operators[edit]

See also[edit]

Similar vehicles with the Bv206 ATV include:


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