Royal Marines will receive 60 amphibious all-terrain armoured vehicles to support operations in the harshest environments, as part of a trilateral agreement announced today (Picture: MOD).
Royal Marines will receive 60 amphibious all-terrain armoured vehicles to support operations in the harshest environments, as part of a trilateral agreement (Picture: MOD).
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Royal Marines to get 60 amphibious all-terrain armoured vehicles for operations in harshest environments

Royal Marines will receive 60 amphibious all-terrain armoured vehicles to support operations in the harshest environments, as part of a trilateral agreement announced today (Picture: MOD).
Royal Marines will receive 60 amphibious all-terrain armoured vehicles to support operations in the harshest environments, as part of a trilateral agreement (Picture: MOD).

Sixty new amphibious all-terrain armoured vehicles will be supplied to the Royal Marines for operations in the world's harshest environments.

Under the international Collaborative All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme, the Royal Marines Commando Force will receive 60 Future All-Terrain Vehicles (FATV) from February 2025, under a £140m contract. 

The vehicles will be used by the Navy's Littoral Response Groups – bespoke, highly-mobile amphibious task groups which include a company of Royal Marines – designed to react to crises in regions strategically important to the UK.

The new vehicles will replace the Armed Forces' current fleet of Vikings and the older Bv 206.

They are an evolution of the current Vikings with better amphibious swimming capability and lift capacity, with models for troop transport, logistics, medical evacuation, recovery, and command and control.

Their on board systems mean they can manoeuvre across snow, ice, rock, sand, mud or swamps, as well as steep mountain areas.

While the vehicles' amphibious technology enables them to 'swim' in flooded areas or coastal waters.

Under this new deal, 436 of the vehicles will be delivered by BAE Systems to the three countries, with the engines for all FATVs produced by Cummins in Darlington.

Sweden and Germany will also benefit, as the SDMA (Swedish Defense Materiel Administration) will receive 236 vehicles, and the GFMD (German Federal Ministry of Defence) will receive 140.

Defence Procurement Minister Alex Chalk said: "We continue to equip our Armed Forces with the most mobile and resilient capabilities, to support them in operations around the world and Future All-Terrain Vehicles for the Royal Navy are another example of this

"This tri-lateral agreement with Sweden and Germany serves to strengthen key alliances and improve interoperability."

60 new amphibious vehicles to be in service for 30 years 161222 (Credit: MOD).
60 new amphibious vehicles to be in service for 30 years (Credit: MOD).

Brigadier Mark Totten, Navy Deputy Director Acquisition, said: "The signing of the CATV contract is great news for UK Defence and for Commando Forces.

"This is a unique capability – fundamental for Commando Forces that are expert in operating in the extreme cold weather and across the littoral.

"The vehicle boasts a number of characteristics that make it perfect for the Future Commando Force: it is adept over snow, has amphibious swimming capability and protects its occupants from several threats.

"Progressing to contract is a clear statement of the UK's strong commitment to High North and to working alongside our Nato and Jef partners."

The FATV has a front cabin to accommodate the driver with three fully-equipped marines, and a rear cabin which can carry eight fully-equipped marines or be fitted for a variety of different purposes including short-range air defence.

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