U.S. Army purchases BAE Systems' Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle

The service gave a $278 million contract to the American and Swedish units of BAE Systems. The contract includes production units, spare parts, and logistical support for the contractor.

The Army tested both proposals to replace its aging small unit support vehicle from August to December 2021 in Alaska. The BAE Systems-built SUSV was last purchased in the early 1980s and uses 1960s and 1970s technology. The Army will buy 163 CWATVs.

Beowulf is an unarmored, tracked vehicle that can carry humans and payloads.

“Beowulf can navigate snow, ice, rock, sand, dirt, and swamps,” the business added. Its amphibious nature lets it swim in floods or coastal seas.

Beowulf is based on the Swedish, British, Dutch, French, and Austrian BvS10 armored model.

The U.S. military prioritizes Arctic preparation. The Army released its Arctic strategy last year. It stresses the need to improve and expand its presence in the region as Russia and China try to gain power there.

The plan shows how the Army will hire, train, organize, and equip its people to protect national interests and keep peace in the region.

The Army will reactivate the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska and remove Stryker combat vehicles. One of its five multidomain task units will be stationed in the Arctic.

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