Royal Marines To Get Viking Upgrades
Plans to upgrade a number of the Royal Marines' BvS 10 Viking APCs have been announced. 99 of the vehicles will be modified to Mk2 standard with a cost of £38 million. These improvements, to be carried out by BAE Systems, include:
- redesigned v-shaped underbodies for both front and rear cars, featuring improved resistance to mine blast and better amphibious performance
- front and rear cars will have upgrades to the brakes and suspension systems and will be certified for a maximum weight of 14 gross tonnes
- 19 of the Mk2 Vikings will be converted to a new crew-served weapon variant featuring a weapons mount on the rear car in addition to the one on the front car
- 9 Mk2s will be converted to a mortar carrier variant featuring a flatbed rear car designed as a firing platform for a 81mm mortar.
The Royal Marines already have a small number of Mk2 Vikings. The upgrade program will bring the entire 120-strong fleet of Vikings up to Mk2 standard and is expected to be completed by December 2014.
more info / further reading:
- Royal Marines BvS10 Viking Vehicle Upgrades
(armed forces international)
- Vamping up the Royal Navy Viking 04.10.12
(british forces news video report)
- BvS10 Viking
(eliteukforces.info information on the bvs10 viking)