Sweden offers Slovakia high tactical, anti-tank 5th-gen CV90 vehicles
BRATISLAVA, ($1=0.89 Euros) — Slovakia is about to renew its armored vehicle fleet and is therefore collecting offers for the supply of 152 new tactical and battle-proven armored vehicles. One of the participants in the upcoming bidding is already clear – the Swedish Defense Material Administration [FMV], which offers Bratislava the flagship of BAE Systems – Combat Vehicle 90 [CV90].
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Sweden and BAE Systems are jointly participating in this proposal. BAE Systems does not provide specific information about the financial proposal and the framework of the offer but emphasizes that they offer Slovakia the production of CV90 together with the Slovak defense industry. In the world of business with defense products [and not only], such proposals are also categorized as economic cooperation.
Slovakia has until 2030 to modernize its ground forces. Sweden’s participation is not accidental. BAE Systems has production in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on CV90 through the joint venture with the Swedish government BAE Systems Hägglunds.
Slovakia wants to acquire armored personnel carriers, armored combat vehicles, and middle-class tanks. BAE Systems has this choice in its CV90 product line. Moreover, if Slovakia chooses BAAE Systems as the supplier of the desired ground weapons technology, Bratislava will get a proven fifth-generation armored combat vehicle – the CV90 MkIV. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that in the middle of last year BAE Systems made a full demonstration of its product to the Minister of Defense of Slovakia Jaroslav Nay, as well as to representatives of the Slovak Land Forces.
“BAE Systems’ approach is built on strategic collaboration with local suppliers, enabling them to play a high-value role in development, production, training, and support of the CV90 MkIV and all its variants,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds. “We are committed to exceeding the mandated 40 percent requirement for direct content as we work closely with the Slovak industry to deliver the most capable, combat-proven IFV on the market today.”
In general, we can conclude that the entire CV90 range of BAE Systems has the following characteristics: strong mobility, flexible firepower, extremely high chance of survivability, through-life commitment, control of the battlefield, usability.
However, the CV90 MkIV fifth-generation combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle [IFV] is impressive. The CV90 MkIV is extremely mobile and has an improved electronic architecture. With a new engine, the MkIV boasts up to 1,000 horsepower and the latest upgraded X300 heavy-duty transmission. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating has increased from 35 tons to 37 tons, offering users two tons of extra payload without a decrease in vehicle agility. The MkIV generation will also be the first Western IFV with a qualified Active Protection System.
As additional options, CV90 MkIV offers the possibility to include an additional unmanned turret, increase speed, through a new active technology of the shock absorbers of the vehicle, as well as electronics of the 4th generation.
To date, there are 15 variants of the CV90 in service in seven countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.
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