Back to additional machines

Area of application

Bandvagn (Tracked vehicle) 202 is primarily an on-snow vehicle for transport of personnel and materials in deep snow, but it also has good capabilities when running off-road conditions without snow, on roads and on marshy ground. It is is amphibious and can swim across bodies of water. The tracked vehicle was a part of the Swedish Armed Forces, and also served in the Norwegian, British and the Dutch armed forces. A number of vehicles were also sold to government agencies and civilian customers.


History

 

In the mid-1950s, the Army Ordnance Department in Sweden assessed a number of snow vehicles to find a replacement for the obsolete 'Weasel', which had been procured after the Second World War. However, no existing vehicles proved suitable. Within the forestry industry, there had been trials with a tracked tractor which was connected to a bogie-equipped trailer through a pivot joint. The trailer was driven from the tractor's power takeoff and the articulated vehicle performed well in off-road conditions. Then the Army Ordnance Department gave the go ahead to design a tracked vehicle with this principle of steering. In 1958, two prototypes had been developed, and the trials with them proved the articulated steering's superiority for a snow vehicle. In the spring of 1961, a tender was issued for the development and manufacture of the vehicle. The Volvo Group was accepted as supplier and the work was delegated to the subsidiary Bolinder- Munktell. Series production started in 1963 and continued to 1980 with a pause in 1970-1976. The tracked vehicle on display is no. 3 in the pre-series. manufactured at the end of 1962. The vehicle was used by the Army Ordnance Department for different trials and has been modified several times according to later versions.

Click to zoom

BM-Volvo Bandvagn 202
 

Introduced                               1961

Engine                                        Volvo B 18

Engine output                          91 hp, 5 300 r/min

Volume                                     1,78 dm³

compression ratio                   8,5:1

Top speed                                 39 km/h

Length                                       6 175 mm

Gross weight                            2 900 kg

Load capacity                           800 kg

BM-Volvo BV 202.jpg