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BvS 10 Viking

To enable them to fight in all conditions, the Royal Marines have, over their history, employed various all-terrain vehicles. ATVs are ideal for moving men and supplies off water-logged beaches, through bogs, over sand dunes or across the snow-fields of Norway.

The latest ATV used by the Royal Marines is the BvS 10 Viking APC. In service since 2005, the armoured Viking has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, where its mobility over all terrain and crew protection has made it a favourite of the Marines.

BvS 10 Viking
A BvS 10 Viking traverses the Afghan desert. The Viking was eventually replaced by the Warthog APC for operations in Afghansitan. A number of Vikings were destroyed or heavily damaged by IEDs, leading to a urgent operational request (UOR) for a more heavily-armoured carrier.
Image by Cpl Dan Bardsley RLC | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2012 | used under open government licence

BvS 10 Vikings are comprised of 2 articulated tracked units, front and back. The front car contains the engine, commander, driver and room for a further 2 crewmen. The rear car can hold up to 8 men or a variety of stores (up to 300kg). Air conditioning comes as standard in the cabins. Protection against NBC (Nuclear Biological Chemical) hazards is an optional feature, as is a fire extinguishing system. A variant with a mortar carrier as rear car may be employed by a Royal Marines Mortar Troop (see below).

Viking Mortar Carrying
Members of Mortar Troop, 45 Commando fire a 16A2 81mm mortar from a Viking APC mortar carrier.
Image by PO Arron Hoare | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2017 | used under open government licence

In a wartime configuration, the front cabin will be armed with a 7.62x51mm GPMG or 12.7mm HMG. A set of smoke grenade launchers are fitted to create a smoke screen if needed. Viking crews are usually armed with the SA80A2K carbine, (L22A2) a shortened version of the standard assault rifle, designed for carry within cramped compartments.

BVS 10 Viking Specifications

Engine 6 Cylinder in-line diesel
Max Power 202 kw (275 HP)
Max Torque 950 Nm @ 1500 rpm
Transmission Automatic 6-speed forward / 1 reverse
Maximum speed 65 kph on road
5 kph in water
Range on roads 300km
Tracks Moulded rubber with cord
front car 5000 kg
rear car 3500kg
Length 7.6 m
Width 2.2 m
Height 2.2 m (front car) 2.1 m (rear car)
Operating Temps
max +49 °C
min - 46 °C

BvS 10 Viking in amphibious role
A BvS 10 Viking pictured in its traditional amphibious role, having deployed ashore via a landing craft launched from HMS Ocean.
Image by L(Phot) JJ Massey | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2015 | used under open government licence

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