The Government of the Czech Republic announced on 20 July that it plans to procure 210 CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV).
The Czech Republic will negotiate the acquisition of the BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90 with the Swedish government.
The CV90s will replace the Army of the Czech Republic’s fleet of BVP-2 IFVs which were licensed produced, Czech-made variants of the Soviet BMP-2 IFVs.
“CV90 is an established and combat proven platform. The vehicles are in the inventory of a number of European countries’ armed forces. They were also selected by the Slovak Republic, and we will coordinate our negotiations with Slovakia,” Minister Černochová said and noted that cooperation with Slovakia offered the potential of further savings for the Czech Republic.
“Besides being a combat proven platform, the CV90 embraces a high growth potential. The procurement of these vehicles will make it possible for the Czech Republic to deliver on its commitment to NATO to build a heavy mechanised brigade that will use advanced combat proven equipment supplied by Western Allies. Participation of Czech defence industries in the manufacturing of the combat vehicles will be a high priority”, Minister Černochová says.
It is understood that $2.4 billion has been set aside for the CV90 procurement.
Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90)
|Type:||Infantry fighting vehicle|
|Country of origin:||Sweden|
|Manufacturer:||BAE Systems AB|
|Produced:||1993 – present|
|In service:||1993 – present|
|Operators:||Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland|
|Crew:||3 (commander, gunner, driver) + 8 passengers|
|Main armament:||40mm Bofors L/70 autocannon; 35mm/50 Bushmaster autocannon; 30mm Bushmaster autocannon|
|Secondary armament:||7.62 mm Ksp m/39 machine gun; 6 × 76 mm grenade launchers|
|Engine:||Scania DS14 14 litres diesel I6; DC16 16 litres diesel V8 engine|
550–1000 hp (410–745 kW) 3,055 Nm max
|Range:||320 km (200 mi) +|
|Speed:||70 km/h (43 mph) +|