Land Systems Hägglunds, a BAe Systems subsidiary, has won its first major contract valued
at €749 million ($939 million or approx. £500 million) since its creation this September
following BAe Systems acquisition of Alvis plc.
The contract has been awarded by the Netherlands and provides funding for the
purchase of 184 CV90s outfitted as infantry fighting vehicles. Deliveries to the
Netherlands Army are scheduled to begin in 2007 and will continue through 2010.
This decision comes after an extensive competition evaluation under the Dutch
Infantry Fighting Vehicle program.
Netherlands Army will receive 184 CV90s, under the CV9035 designation, equipped
with a turret-mounted 35mm Bushmaster III gun replacing the 30mm gun of previous
models. CV9035 represents the third stage of evolution of the CV90 infantry
fighting vehicle variant and features some improvements introduced in the CV9030
and CV9040 models.
In addition to Netherlands, it is likely that the CV9035 vehicle would be
delivered to the Armies of Finland and Switzerland. It is anticipated that Dutch
defense industry will be involved in the production of CV9035s being ordered.
Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Finland and the Netherlands have placed several
procurement contracts totaling 1,125 CV90s ordered to date.
The CV9035 features enhanced firepower, survivability, mobility, ergonomics, and
advanced electronic architecture with implemented C4I systems. The Bushmaster
III 35/50 cannon along with a computerized fire control and programmable
ammunition has been provided to counter emerging, hard-skin threats. The
commander and gunner have stabilized day/night, third generation infrared
imaging sights which enables CV9035 to perform as a hunter-killer. The commander
uses the UTAAS rotating cupola.
The Netherlands Army will receive the 184 CV9035s configured in two variants:
infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and command vehicle. Both configurations feature
a three-man crew, the IFV can carry a squad of seven infantrymen and the command
vehicle a staff group of four.
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