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Bv 202

Articulated all-terrain tracked carrier

Bv 202

The Volvo Bv 202 articulated tracked carrier has less ground pressure than a skier



Entered service 1964
Configuration Tracked
Cab seating 2 + 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 3.2 t
Payload capacity 1 t
Length 6.18 m
Width 1.76 m
Height 2.21 m
Mobility
Engine Vovlo B18 petrol
Engine power 82 hp
Maximum road speed 39 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 6.5 km/h
Range 200 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1.1 m
Trench 3.6 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Bandvagn 202 or Bv 202 articulated all-terrain tracked carrier was developed by Volvo for the Swedish Army. Production commenced in 1964 and ceased in 1981. This all-terrain carrier was purchased by Sweden, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. It is also referred as the Snowcat. It still remains operational with some of these countries. The Bv 202 was employed in Arctic, Antarctica, as well as Middle East.

   This articulated all-terrain tracked carrier was designed to transport troops, cargo and equipment through difficult terrain, snow and boglands in the northern parts of Sweden. This twin-unit articulated tracked vehicle can carry 10 troops or 1 000 kg of cargo. Front unit is fully enclosed, while the rear unit is covered with bows and canvas cover.

   The front unit contains engine and gearbox. Initial version (Mk.1) was powered by a Volvo B18 1.8-liter petrol engine, developing 82 hp. Later version (Mk.2) was fitted with a more powerful Volvo B20 2.0-liter petrol engine, developing 97 hp. These were a standard car engines. Both engines are coupled with manual gearboxes. Power is provided both to the front and rear unit tracks. The front unit accommodates driver and commander.

   The rear unit is connected via an articulated joint which is also used for steering. It gives great flexibility in all axles and extremely good maneuverability. It has bench seats and carries 8 troops or cargo. It can also be adapted for other applications.

   The Bv 202 has incredible mobility over rough terrain. Vehicle uses wide tracks and has lees ground pressure than a skier, that allows it to go over snow and marshes. This all-terrain tracked carrier is fully amphibious without preparation. On water it is propelled by it's tracks.

   Variants of the Bv 202 include a Bv 203 mobile radio communication vehicle.

   Production of the Volvo Bv 202 ceased in 1981 and it has been succeeded by a more capable Hagglunds Bv 206.

 

Video of the Volvo Bv 202 articulated all-terrain tracked carrier

 

 
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