The Czech Republic has signed a deal with BAE Systems Hägglunds to purchase 246 CV90 MkIV infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). The CV90 MkIV is a modern and versatile infantry fighting vehicle that can perform various roles on the battlefield. The contract, worth $2.2 billion, is one of the most significant defence acquisitions in the history of the Czech Republic.
The CV90 MkIV is an upgraded version of the CV90, which has been in service with several European countries since the 1990s. The CV90 MkIV features improved mobility, protection, firepower and situational awareness. It can carry up to eight soldiers and a crew of three and can be equipped with different weapons and sensors depending on the mission. The CV90 MkIV can also operate in challenging environments like urban areas, mountains and forests.
The Czech Republic will receive seven variants of the CV90 MkIV, including command and control, reconnaissance, engineering, recovery, mortar and medical vehicles. The vehicles will be delivered between 2025 and 2030 and will replace the outdated BMP-2 vehicles that the Czech army currently uses. The CV90 MkIV will enhance the capabilities and interoperability of the Czech army, especially within NATO and EU frameworks.
The contract also includes a significant industrial cooperation component, which will benefit the Czech defence sector. According to BAE Systems Hägglunds, 40% of the contract value will be delivered by Czech industrial partners in development, production and assembly contracts. The contract will also create opportunities for Czech companies to join BAE Systems’ global supply chain and to collaborate on future projects.
The CV90 MkIV is a proven and reliable vehicle that has been deployed in various operations around the world. By acquiring the CV90 MkIV, the Czech Republic joins a group of nine countries that use the CV90 platform, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Slovakia. The CV90 User Group provides a platform for sharing experiences and best practices among the users of the vehicle.
CV90 MkIV infantry fighting vehicle
The CV90 MKIV is the latest version of the CV90 family of infantry fighting vehicles, developed by BAE Systems Hägglunds in Sweden. The CV90 MKIV offers superior mobility, protection and firepower to meet the challenges of modern warfare.
The CV90 MKIV is based on the proven CV90 platform, which has been in service with seven countries since the mid-1990s. The CV90 MKIV features a new engine with up to 1,000 horsepower, a new transmission and an increased gross vehicle weight rating of 37 tonnes. The CV90 MKIV can also be equipped with an active protection system, a new turret with a 35 mm or 40 mm cannon, and an advanced electronic architecture that supports future technology upgrades.
The CV90 MKIV is designed to operate in diverse environments, from arctic conditions to urban warfare. The CV90 MKIV can carry a crew of three and six or eight dismounted soldiers, depending on the variant. The CV90 MKIV also has a modular design that allows for different configurations and roles, such as command and control, reconnaissance, anti-aircraft, mortar and recovery.
The CV90 MKIV is a fifth-generation combat vehicle that combines high performance and versatility with low life-cycle costs and environmental impact. The CV90 MKIV is a reliable and effective platform that enhances the capabilities and survivability of modern armed forces.