This particular vehicle is an ex- Swedish Army variant, complete with all its CES (complete equipment schedule) e.g. pick axe, shovels and tow ropes.
The BV 206 was designed to work in some of the most hazardous conditions, particularly in the mountainous regions of Sweden where any normal vehicle would have failed. It is fully amphibious and yet this vehicle is just as agile in the desert terrains found in the Middle East. It has the capability to carry up to 17 men, 6 in the front cabin and 11 in the rear cabin, or 2.5 tons of equipment or supplies at speeds of up to 56kph.
The BV 206 saw service with the British Army from the mid 1980’s and is still used today. The only major modification is the replacement of the Ford V6 petrol engine, with a Mercedes diesel engine.
The museum uses the BV206 predominately to give our visitors the experience of being in a military specification vehicle whilst being driven over our off-road assault course and test track.
Hagglunds BV 206 is a special military vehicle designed for use as an all-terrain transport vehicle, capable of travel both on and off roads, under almost all conditions and in all extremes of climate. Its large track area allows the vehicle to travel over deep snow and soft ground which would be impassable to almost all other tracked and wheeled vehicles. It is also amphibious, being propelled in the water by its four tracks.
The BV 206 consists of two track-driven cars that are coupled together by a central, articulated steering assembly. Steering is accomplished using hydraulic cylinders that turn the cars relative to each other, giving the vehicle a turning radius of about 35ft
Hagglunds BV 206 is fitted with a ford V6 petrol engine producing 136bhp at 4600rpm giving the vehicle a maximum speed of 56kpm on the road and 5kpm in water.