SVOS completes tests of its modular vehicle MARS 4x4 in the S-330 version

by   CIJ News iDesk III
2022-03-04   09:29

Czech company SVOS, spol. s.r.o. in cooperation with the Swedish company SAAB, completed the tests of the modular vehicle MARS 4x4 in the S-330 version, which will serve as a platform for the mobile air defense system of the new generation of SAAB. The cooperation has been running since 2019 and is a contribution to building and building partnerships that can deliver modern short-range air defense systems capable of meeting the requirements of all NATO and third-country customers.

Suppliers, SVOS, spol. s.r.o. and SAAB, agreed to cooperate in the integration of the RBS 70 NG weapon system into the Czech armored vehicle MARS. In the second half of last year, MARS was transferred to Sweden for integration and testing of RBS 70 NG. The system then underwent field operational testing and later with the missiles in live operation. The MARS offers a number of benefits for a given purpose, including the possibility of individually adjusting the ground clearance of each wheel separately to achieve the desired firing position. Among other things, MARS offers the largest internal volume in its class and unprecedented ballistic and mine protection based on the manufacturer's long-term experience.

The MARS vehicle will be presented to the public for the first time at the Eurosatory military fair in Paris in June 2022. Further demonstrations of the MARS vehicle with the RBS 70 NG installed, including sharp shots, are planned in Sweden. The MARS 4x4 vehicle is completely manufactured in the Czech Republic and makes extensive use of components already used by NATO member countries. The modular and multi-purpose vehicle MARS (Multi-role Armored System) weighing 14 t currently exists in a 4x4 version and is available in a wide range of versions. In the future, a 6x6 version weighing 20 t will be developed.

General Director of SVOS, spol. s.r.o. Jaroslav Černý praises the Czech-Swedish cooperation: “The cooperation with the Swedish partner was exemplary in the entire project. We are very pleased to be able to work with the market leader in the development of ground-to-air systems. Based on the requirements of several customers, SAAB has long considered installing it on a 4x4 wheeled armored vehicle, and we are very pleased that our MARS has chosen this important project. In cooperation, a special version of this vehicle was created, which represents a leader in mobility, crew protection and, of course, the ability to fight various air targets. Functional tests in Sweden went as expected and confirmed the top performance of the entire system, which meets the needs of a modern army."

SAAB Representative Paul Wooldridge, Product Director, commented on the project: “Working with SVOS has been a joy and has proven its ability to be flexible in developing and finalizing our solution. The MARS 4x4 is an excellent armored vehicle providing a stable and capable platform for the proven RBS 70 NG weapon system. The combination of this weapon and the capabilities of the vehicle provides a very effective and impressive mobile air defense capability that will meet and exceed our customers' requirements. ”

The company SVOS, spol. s.r.o., which is celebrating 30 years of its existence this year, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of armored vehicles. To date, the company has produced more than 5,000 armored vehicles that serve reliably and safely in the most demanding conditions around the world. Their users include a number of countries, including members of NATO or organizations such as the UN or the OSCE.

Source: SVOS and CTK
Photo: SVOS - PERUN 4X4