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The new CV90 turret

BAE Systems has signed an extensive mid-life upgrade contract worth more than $500 million with the Dutch Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) for the Royal Netherlands Army’s fleet of 122 CV90s, with an option for an additional 19 vehicles.

BAE Systems receives $500 million contract to provide new turret for Netherlands’ CV90s

The upgrade program with a new turret will vastly improve the vehicle’s capabilities while providing crews with improved protection and ergonomics for increased combat efficiency.

The new CV90 turret, developed by BAE Systems Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, represents a leap forward in design and functionality. The main weapon position is changed to provide even better vehicle balance and enable new ways to introduce a variety of weaponry for increased lethality. It also offers significant ergonomic improvements to benefit the vehicle’s crew.

The enhanced turret design is built on years of combat-proven experience, continuous vehicle improvements, and data analysis from the CV90 User Club – the seven nations currently operating CV90 fleets. The improvements are also based on a recent study conducted by the Royal Netherlands Army, and a BAE Systems’ analysis of cognitive load on Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) crews to address man-machine interaction. The result gives crews increased advantages, such as the ability to choose intuitive and effective modes of operation as well as shorten the time to detection, identification, decision-making, and engagement.

«This is an important step to make sure that our Infantry Fighting Vehicles and our Army are well prepared for many years to come. This mid-life upgrade will also result in a lowering of the vehicles lifetime cost, at the same time as keeping our soldiers safe in the face of new threats», said Colonel Norbert Moerkens, the Royal Netherlands Army’s head of strategy and plans.

Work is already underway to equip the Dutch CV9035 vehicles with several enhanced capabilities such as an Active Protection System (APS) and Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), as well as a new Electro-Optic Aiming System (EOPS) which gives additional situation awareness. The latest upgrade also includes future-proofing the electronics by upgrading to the fourth generation digital backbone, with embedded and more robust cybersecurity.

«We are committed to delivering the most modern and adaptable IFVs to meet our customers’ requirements and are extremely proud of the technological developments underway as part of this significant mid-life upgrade program», said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds. «We look forward to supporting our Dutch customer increase its combat efficiency on the future battlefield».

More than 20 Dutch companies are involved in the supply chain for the mid-life upgrade program to include mechanical and electrical components to BAE Systems Hägglunds and the main subsystem suppliers, which will support the Dutch defense industrial base for many years to come.

There are about 1,300 CV90s of numerous variants in service with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The vehicle has a combat-proven track record and is designed to accommodate future growth to meet evolving missions.

CV90 vehicle for
the Czech Republic

BAE Systems and VOP CZ have teamed up to pursue the Czech Republic’s BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) replacement programme. The two companies will combine efforts to deliver the CV90 vehicle for the Czech Land Forces.

The Czech Republic plans to replace its BMP-2 tracked infantry vehicles, locally designated BVP-2, and plans to offer its Swedish-made CV90 infantry combat vehicle
The Czech Republic plans to replace its BMP-2 tracked infantry vehicles, locally designated BVP-2, and plans to offer its Swedish-made CV90 infantry combat vehicle

The arrangement offers significant long-term industrial cooperation that will benefit VOP CZ and the Czech defence industry. BAE Systems is the design authority and manufacturing lead for the CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, one of the most modern IFVs on the market and currently in production.

«BAE Systems is committed to building a strong working partnership with VOP CZ and Czech industry», Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, president of BAE Systems Hägglunds, said. «The agreement with VOP CZ will create a strong team to support the Czech Armed Forces for many years ahead».

VOP CZ has expertise in design, manufacturing, assembly, and engineering production, and specialises in integrating and supplying modern defence equipment and systems to meet the requirements of the Czech customer.

«The partnership with BAE Systems is a great opportunity for cooperation with one of the biggest defence companies worldwide», Marek Špok, managing director of VOP CZ, said. «VOP CZ offers the highest level of technology, development and production capacity for this project so we are well positioned to fulfil the needs of the Czech Army. We hope the cooperation grows into a long-term relationship».

There are more than 1,200 CV90 vehicles on contract for seven user nations globally.

BAE Systems Hägglunds has successfully fulfilled all its industrial investment commitments with the nations operating the CV90 platform, using a proven concept to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. This well-established industrial model has been implemented in Norway, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark.

This industrial solution with VOP CZ aims to support job creation and technology transfer. BAE Systems employs an innovative approach toward industrial cooperation, including marketing support to new markets and support to small-to-medium enterprise companies.

Refurbish CV90

The Swedish government has awarded BAE Systems a contract to refurbish 262 Combat Vehicles 90 (CV90) for the Swedish Army. The company’s work will include refurbishing the chassis and upgrading the vehicle’s survivability and turrets, as well as enhancing combat system performance. Together, these efforts will help increase the vehicles’ lifespan in support of Army capabilities.

BAE Systems has won a contract to refurbish 262 Combat Vehicles-90 (CV-90) which are currently the mainstay of the Swedish army’s armored units (Swedish MoD photo)
BAE Systems has won a contract to refurbish 262 Combat Vehicles-90 (CV-90) which are currently the mainstay of the Swedish army’s armored units (Swedish MoD photo)

«This is a very important program for BAE Systems and the Swedish Army», said Lena Gillström, managing director of BAE Systems Weapons Systems in Karlskoga, which builds the turrets. «With this refurbishment and the introduction of the new Battlefield Management System, these vehicles will take a step into the era of digitized defense to strengthen the Army’s capability to meet future threats».

BAE Systems will work closely with the customer throughout the program. Work starts immediately with deliveries beginning in 2018 and running through 2020.

«For the Swedish Army, CV90 has proven its value and capability over the years», said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, president of BAE Systems Hägglunds AB in Örnsköldsvik. «CV90 is already in service in seven countries and now, with this refurbishment program, we’ll further extend the CV90’s contribution to Sweden’s defense».

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.

The contract was 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 Swedish Army has a fleet of 509 CV90s
The Swedish Army has a fleet of 509 CV90s



Top speed 43.5 mph/70 km/h
Range 559 miles/900 km
Payload 16 tonnes
Ballistic > 5
Mine > 4a/4b
Trench crossing 2.6 m/8.5 feet
Step climbing 1.1 m/3.6 feet
Fording 1.5 m/4.9 feet
Remote Weapon Station (RWS) 7.62 – 40-mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL)
Turret 40-mm autocannon
No. of operators 3 + 7
Gradient 60 %
Power to weight ratio 17.1-24.2 kW/ton
Electrical power 570 A
Engine Scania V8
Operating temperature C2-A1
Steel or rubber tracks ≤ 28 tonnes
Steel > 28 tonnes
Semi active dampening


Formula One

Engineers at BAE Systems have applied the new upgrade «Active Damping» system to current variants of the CV90 combat vehicle family; breaking speed records in rough terrain and increasing the CV90’s agility by reducing the vehicle’s pitch acceleration by approximately 40 per cent – taking a world class system to the next level, and leaving competitors behind.

In a world first, tracked military vehicles are being upgraded with technology adapted from Formula One to improve handling and speed across the battlefield
In a world first, tracked military vehicles are being upgraded with technology adapted from Formula One to improve handling and speed across the battlefield

First introduced into Formula One in the 1990s, the «Active Damping» system works by sensing the speed of the vehicle and lay-out of the terrain ahead and responding by pressurising the suspension to keep the vehicle on a level plane at all times.

This increased stability across all terrain is helping to reduce the wear and tear on the armoured vehicles and subsequently reduce through-life repair costs for each vehicle, despite seeing each able to travel 30 – 40 per cent faster on rough terrain.

For the crew of a CV90, the technology means a smoother ride and a reduction in fatigue; an important factor on the battlefield. The reduced vertical motion also increases the gunner’s probability of finding and hitting targets.

F1 technology adapted to Armoured Combat Vehicles by BAE Systems
F1 technology adapted to Armoured Combat Vehicles by BAE Systems

The suspension system usually operates on carbon fibre racing cars weighing no more than 700 kg, but engineers at BAE Systems have cleverly adapted it to use on heavy tracked vehicles, some weighing as much as 35 tonnes. In recent trials a CV90 fitted with active damping set a new speed record on a rough terrain course, beating the Main Battle Tanks (MBTs).

Dan Lindell, CV90 Platform Manager at BAE Systems, said: «Adapting the Active Damping system for the first time from a light weight car to a heavy tracked vehicle such as CV90 was a unique challenge for us, but this advanced technology will deliver results to our customers in terms of vehicle performance and savings on the through life costs, as well as providing real benefits to the front line solider».

The CV90 is designed and built by BAE Systems in Sweden and is one of the largest families of armoured combat vehicles. CV90 is currently used in countries such as Norway, Finland and Denmark and has successfully performed in global operations including UN and NATO collaborations.

CV90 Active Damping
CV90 Active Damping



Top speed:                                           43.5 mph/70 km/h

Range:                                                    559 miles/900 km

Payload:                                                16 tonnes

Ballistic:                                                 > 5

Mine:                                                        > 4a/4b

Trench crossing:                                 2.6 m/8.5 feet

Step climbing:                                      1.1 m/3.6 feet

Fording:                                                   1.5 m/4.9 feet

Remote Weapon Station (RWS):      7.62 – 40 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL)

Turret:                                                        25-120 mm/0.98-4.72 inch

No. of operators:                                   3 + 7

Gradient:                                                    60 %

Power to weight ratio:                        17.1-24.2 kW/ton

Electrical power:                                     570 A

Engine:                                                           Scania V8

Operating temperature:                      C2-A1


Steel or rubber tracks:      ≤ 28 tonnes

Steel:                                            > 28 tonnes

Semi active dampening

F1 technology adapted to CV90
F1 technology adapted to CV90