BAE Systems delivered the 100th upgraded CV90 armoured vehicle to the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) last week, the company announced.
The handover ceremony was held at BAE Systems Bofors’ facility in Karlskoga. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, only a small group of representatives from the project, FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces were present for the ceremony.
The delivery was part of the Combat Vehicle 90 RENO project awarded to HB Utveckling AB, a joint venture between BAE Systems Bofors AB, part of BAE Systems Weapons Systems, and BAE Systems Hägglunds AB. The upgrade work included refurbishing the chassis and upgrading the vehicle’s survivability and turrets, as well as enhancing combat system performance.
“The project has had its challenges when a modern management support system is to be integrated into a vehicle system that was delivered almost 30 years ago. Many have worked hard and purposefully for many years where a close and intimate collaboration between the companies, with FMV and the [Swedish] Armed Forces has been crucial to success. It is therefore extra gratifying to now be in a series delivery phase with stable quality of our deliveries,” said Tomas Karlson, Project Manager H-B Utveckling.
The completion of development and verification as well as rebuilding of the sixth CV90 (Stridsfordon 90, Strf9) variant, Luftvärnskanonvagn 90, is an important focus in the coming years when training activities will begin in September 2021. Luftvärnskanonvagn is the self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) variant of CV90.
CV90 is a family of Swedish tracked combat vehicles designed by FMV, BAE Systems Hägglunds, and BAE Systems Weapons Systems, with more than 4 million engineering hours contributing to the development of this advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). The Swedish version of the IFV is outfitted with a turret equipped with a 40 mm autocannon.
The Swedish Army has a fleet of 509 CV90s. Other countries currently using the vehicle are Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.