Sweden has now formally kicked off the competition to field new armored vehicles ready to be operationally available starting in 2014.
In June, the Swedish government started talking to industry and now has made the call to rapidly proceed with the acquisition phase. The program is expected to include at least 100-150 vehicles. The Swedish armaments agency, FMV, says the number could grow significantly beyond that.
The goal is to sign a contract in the first six months of next year.
The basic contract is expected to cover 113 vehicles, 74 in an armored personnel carrier configuration, 10 as APC Company command and control vehicles, 19 as ambulances, four as regular C2 vehicles, and 7 repair vehicles. The support package should allow training at two Swedish garrisons.
Additionally, Sweden wants priced options, one covering doubling the fleet, a second providing spares, with a third also covering support for six months of operations.
The vehicles are to be delivered from 2011 to 2013, with operations ready to start in 2014.