Swedish Army to Receive Volvo Wheel Loaders From Local Company

Sweden has contracted local mobility supplier Swecon to deliver 81 Volvo-made wheel loaders in different variants for the army.

The 1.2 billion Swedish krona ($110 million) agreement orders 24 L110H, 26 L60H, and 31 of the recently introduced L35H platform.

The project will also supply spare parts and tools to support the fleet’s operability.

According to Swecon, each vehicle will incorporate “special adaptations” to meet the requirements of the Swedish Army.

Work for these configurations is now being completed simultaneously at the company’s factory in Eskilstuna and Volvo’s facility in Arvika.

A total of 71 of the trucks will be shipped later this year, with the remainder to follow starting in 2025.

Volvo wheel loader. Photo: Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
Volvo wheel loader. Photo: Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

Cooperative Framework

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) wrote that the wheel loaders will be used for flight path maintenance, fieldwork, and logistics “in all levels of readiness” once shipped.

Additional tasks that the fleet will undertake involve military supply and ammunition handling, snow plowing, and excavation operations.

“The framework agreement between FMV and Swecon entails an expanded and deepened cooperation between the parties, which in the long run increases the security of supply to the Armed Forces,” a statement from the agency said.

“FMV wants to sign as long-term an agreement as possible, which ensures our ability to deliver to the Armed Forces for a long time to come.”

Recent Military Vehicle Projects

The Swedish government signed a contract in March to procure more than 300 6×6 all-terrain vehicles for the armed forces.

The effort is part of the Common Armored Vehicle System program to deliver a unified amphibious system for partner EU countries.

Last year, Stockholm awarded Iveco a contract to provide 400 light multi-purpose vehicles for warfighters.

The fleet was ordered as part of a broader program seeking 3,000 modern 4×4 utility vehicles for the military.

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