BAE Systems has announced that it is launching two new variants of the CV90 to support Swedish Army requirements.
The new variants – the Forward Maintenance vehicle and the Combat Engineer vehicle – will be delivered by BAE Systems’ Swedish joint venture HB Utveckling AB, which brings together BAE Systems Hägglunds and Bofors manufacturing capabilities.
The Forward Maintenance vehicle, which will provide critical frontline support, repair, and recovery for other vehicles, ensuring improved overall combat vehicle availability.
The Combat Engineer variant, which will significantly grow the ability to ensure route clearance and deny enemy forces mission-critical mobility.
These two new variants will join the Swedish Army’s mechanized formations with deliveries scheduled between 2023 and 2027.
“Ritek has demonstrated that it has the industrial capability and skills required for such a program,” said Peter Sedin, BAE Systems Hägglunds’ director of operations. “As our production partner for a similar Norwegian Army program, it made sense to turn to Ritek when we were looking for the optimal industrial setup for this important FMV contract.”
There are approximately 1,300 CV90s 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. More recently, both Slovakia and the Czech Republic have selected CV90 to replace their legacy infantry fighting vehicle fleets.