The British Royal Marines recently bought 108 armored,
"Viking" (BvS10) all terrain combat vehicles, at a cost of $890,000
each. They are using these vehicles in combat for the first time in
Afghanistan, and are satisfied with the performance, and protection, the
Royal Marines already have over 300 of the similar, but smaller and unarmored,
Bv206 (which can carry 2.5 tons over any terrain. including snow and most
marshland). The larger BvS10 can haul five tons. The BvS10 is actually an
articulated vehicle, with a tracked trailer connected by a power transfer and
steering linkage. The front part weighs 4.9 tons, the rear part 3.1 tons.
Because of this trailer arrangement, the vehicle has a 47 foot turning radius.
Four passengers can be carried in the front car, and eight on the rear one. The
vehicle is amphibious and has a top speed in the water of five kilometers an
hour (compared to 65 kilometers an hour on land.) The vehicle was designed in
Sweden. The Royal Marines can also use the Viking for amphibious operations,
as well as logistics and carrying troops in combat zones. The Viking is also
able to move through swampy terrain, as well as snow. It's well suited for
Afghanistan, where they can be lifted by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, or a C-130
transport. Lifting the two sections of the vehicle separately, the smaller
Merlin helicopter can move the vehicle.