Developed in the 1980s, the bv206 or Bandvagn 206 was designed both for military and civilian use. Referred to as an all-terrain equipment and personnel carrier, the vehicle was developed foremost for the Swedish army by Hägglunds which was later acquired by BAE Systems Global Combat Systems (formerly Vickers Defence Systems). The primary purpose of the bv206 was to transport persons and equipments through Sweden’s bog-lands and snow. Its use has since spread to a total of 37 countries with an estimated 11,000 units in operation.
The carrier was initially made to accommodate up to seventeen persons at once but as the line expanded some were designed to carry more persons although it carries less fully-equipped soldiers due to the added load.
One of its most beneficial feature is its ability to be modified to fit whatever purpose it is required for, making it one of the most formidable fleet of all-terrain vehicles. Its ability to access even the worse off-road areas has allowed armies using the line to transport soldiers fully equipped for combat.
The bv206 has a front and rear compartment, on average the rear compartment (or trailer) carries more cargo or bodies. The fact that some variants; like the bv206D, can also be airlifted to its destination is another advantage that it has over other carriers since it can be transported over large distances.
To date over ten variants exists, ranging from ambulances capable of carrying stretchers (in the rear compartment) to water accessible armored vehicles. The Bv 206A, PvBv 2062, Bv 206S, BvS 10, PvBv 2063, Bv 206F and the bv206D are among the more widely known variants. Unlike most vehicles, the exact specification for the bv206 will depend on each variant. There are basic similarities but constant medication, use and location continue to dictate the detailed build.
- Civilian models are made of plastic but are reinforced by glass.
- Military models are armored based on the needs of the military it belongs to and its intended used.
- Both military and civilian models have the option of being amphibious.
- Civilian bv206 models are extremely agile due to the body’s material while providing off-road access to places most civilian off-road vehicles cannot traverse.
- Two main engine choices are available: 1) Ford V6 Petrol Engine and b) Ford Turbo Diesel. The first of the two can be LPG converted while the second id the newer of the two options. These engine types are partly responsible for the vehicles versatility.
- Weight: 4500 kg
- Cargo load: 2240 kg distributed over the front an drear units. 630 kg in front and 1610 kg trailer/rear.
- Length: 6.9 m
- Width: 1.87 m
- Height: 2.4 m
- Bv206 variants are used for
- Shoot vehicles (mainly used by state Owners)
- Emergency Services: ambulance, fire brigade and mountain rescue services.
- Disaster aid and support.
- Public service companies: used for hard to access areas.
- Oil exploration companies.
- Arctic expeditions and polar exploration.