MoD VIKING order

BAE Systems has received an additional order from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for nine BvS10 VIKING all-terrain vehicles.

The deal includes seven troop-carrying variants and two command vehicles. It follows a contract from December 2008, which added mine protection to the current fleet of BvS10 VIKINGs currently in service with the British MoD.

The latest vehicles will be built to the same MkI configuration build standard, which includes the new mine protection kit.

The first vehicle in the contract is anticipated to be delivered directly from stock in February and the whole contract is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2009.

The mine protection upgrades will be fitted following manufacture of the base vehicles.