The CV90 Armadillo Armoured Personnel Carrier is an armoured personnel carrier version built on a modular CV90 Mk III chassis. The CV90 Armadillo can be modified to become a personnel carrier, an ambulance, a command and control centre, a recovery vehicle and many other non-turreted variants at low cost due up to 80% commonality among variants. Clearly visible is the added roof on the crew section of the vehicle, only the Armoured Personnel Carrier version has been built, with five delivered to Denmark for trials.
Armadillo is a turretless version of CV90 with ballistic and mine protection which exceed Stanag 4a/b. Removal of the turret gives six tonnes of “spare” payload for further protection or other purposes on top of its “fighting configuration” while its state-of-the-art electronic architecture allows “plug and play” of new systems. The Armadillo layout is almost identical to the CV90, the Driver is located in the front left of the hull, with the engine bay to his right. The vehicle Commander is stationed in the middle of the hull (left side) in the main vehicle compartment, which then extends to the hull rear. A third crewman (depending on vehicle variant) is seated to the right of the Commander.
The Armadillo is capable of being fitted with an additional 8 tonnes of passive modular armor, it s marketed with the Saab LEDS150 “Hard Kill” Active Protection System. This offers a highly effective level of protection against a multitude of ATGM and weight saving alternative to bar (cage) armor. BAE Systems Hägglunds have also stated that the Armadillo could be fitted with their new ADAPTIV camouflage technology. All of this combined, makes the Armadillo the most highly protected tracked APC in NATO. The Armadillo is powered by a new Scania 810hp diesel engine. It features an improved suspension system and new rubber tracks. These not only lower the vehicle overall noise, but also vibrations reducing the crews/occupants fatigue.