UK’s Swiss army strife

Alvis’s recently acquired Swedish subsidiary last week won a £300m contract for 186 armoured troop carriers for the Swiss army, beating off competition from another Alvis vehicle, the UK-built Warrior. The Swiss had shortlisted the Hagglunds Vehicle CV 90-30, together with the Warrior, formerly owned by GKN, and the German Kuka M12. Although Alvis now […]

Alvis’s recently acquired Swedish subsidiary last week won a £300m contract for 186 armoured troop carriers for the Swiss army, beating off competition from another Alvis vehicle, the UK-built Warrior.

The Swiss had shortlisted the Hagglunds Vehicle CV 90-30, together with the Warrior, formerly owned by GKN, and the German Kuka M12.

Although Alvis now owns both Hagglunds and the Warrior, the Swiss deal means jobs will go to Sweden rather than the UK. The contract includes an option for 60-120 more vehicles. Alvis said it was too soon to say whether the Warrior’s failure to win the Swiss contract would lead to the loss of any UK jobs.

Alvis chairman Nick Prest said the deal could lead to further sales of the Swedish carrier outside Scandinavia. It has already been bought by the Swedish and Norwegian armies and is now on trials in Finland.

While the Warrior is no longer in production, it could still be built at the Alvis site in Telford if an order for it were to be placed.