Dutch Swimming Vehicles Take On Chad’s Rainy Season

17.07.08

Categorie: Africa, Axe in Chad, Nature, Vehicles |

tsjaad-gozbeida-2.jpg“There’s a small Royal Netherlands Marine Corps detachment over there [in Chad] which does recce ops for the Irish battalion,” my friend Hans de Vriej, a reporter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, writes in:

They brought their own “Viking,” a.k.a. the “Armoured All Terrain Vehicle Protected BsV10.” Pic attached. Made in Sweden.

They made an interesting claim before departing: they predict that when the rainy season is at full swing, their Vikings will be the ONLY vehicles able to move — they are fully amphibious and can “swim” (albeit at 5 km/hr as opposed to 80 km/h on a road).

Maybe you could organize an international “vehicles-thru-the-mud contest” over there;-)

(Photo: via Hans)

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4 Responses to “Dutch Swimming Vehicles Take On Chad’s Rainy Season”

  1. Brian H says:

    Would that make it the mudder of all AATVs?

  2. James says:

    The Viking is an exceptional piece of kit. The British Army used the earlier models way back during the 1982 Falklands War. Their main complaint was there wasn’t enough of them.

    I see the Viking is also used by the British Army now and is doing sterling work in Afghanistan.

    I am not surpsied about the Dutch claim and having driven one of these many years ago I would put money on it!

  3. Robert says:

    It is said in Wikipedia that “BsV-10′s ground pressure is so low it is not enough to trigger most of the anti-tank mines in Afghanistan.” What a piece of mechanical wonder!

  4. mad says:

    French army use it also in Guyane for the Korou space center security.

    Only drawback : the mass of gaz it’s using …

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