BAE Systems confirmed 7 March that it was offering the Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90), a combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), to Australia in response to the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Request for Tender.
The project team will be led by BAE Systems’ Sweden-based combat vehicles business and supported by BAE Systems Australia.
Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, vice president and general manager for BAE Systems Hägglunds, the designer and manufacturer of the vehicle said, “The CV90 has a combat-proven track record, established customer base, and future growth potential that will more than satisfy the Commonwealth’s requirements for years to come. We look forward to demonstrating the vehicle’s unparalleled capabilities and our breadth of operational experience as the Australian Commonwealth considers the LAND 400 Phase 3 competition.”
Gabby Costigan, CEO of BAE Systems Australia said, “We’re proud to continue our support of the Australian Defence Force with a commitment to the largest land vehicle upgrade in the Army’s history. We look forward to working closely with businesses across the country to increase sovereign Australian Industry Capability as important national projects like this develop.”
The CV90 IFV is currently in service with seven nations – including four NATO members – and is available in 15 variants.
Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90)
Type: Tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)
Manufacturer: BAE Systems AB
Country of Origin: Sweden
In Service: 1993-present
Operators: Denmark (CV9035DK); Estonia (CV9035EE); Finland (CV9030FIN); Netherlands (CV9035NL); Norway (CV90, CV9030N, CV9030NF1); Sweden (CV90); Switzerland (CV9030CH)
Crew: 3 | Passengers: 8
Weight: 23 tonnes | Length: 6.47 m | Width: 3.19 m | Height: 2.5m
Main Armament: Bofors 40 mm autocannon | Secondary Armament: 7.62 mm machine gun; 6 x smoke grenade dischargers
Armour: Protection against 30 mm armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS)
On-board Systems: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) filtration system; chemical and radiation detector systems; thermal and night vision; laser range finder; fire control system
Engine: Scania DI 14 V-8 diesel (550 hp)
Range: 320 km
Speed: 70 km/h