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BAE Systems Awarded Swedish Army Contract for 20 additional CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems

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BAE Systems Awarded Swedish Army Contract for 20 additional CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems

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Swedish Army CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems
Swedish Army CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems

BAE Systems has received a contract modification from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to build 20 additional CV90 mortar vehicles. The approximately $30 million contract has been awarded to the BAE Systems Swedish joint venture HB Utveckling AB, which combines BAE Systems’ Hägglunds and Bofors manufacturing capabilities. Production will be performed at BAE Systems Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The original contract for 40 CV90 Mjölner systems was awarded in 2016, and deliveries of the systems started in 2019 and were completed on time in 2020.

In February 2022, FMV awarded the first follow-on contract for 20 additional systems, as well as the upgrade of the 40 systems already in service, to bring them all to the same standard by integrating the Swedish Army’s new C4I LSS Mark system. Both FMV and BAE Systems have heralded this programme as a benchmark for collaborative development. Once the contract modification deliveries are completed in 2025, the Swedish Army will operate 80 CV90 mortar vehicles in its fleet. The vehicles, known as Granatkastarpansarbandvagn 90, provide critical indirect firepower capabilities in the mechanised brigades.

Swedish Army CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems
Swedish Army CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems. (Photo by Nils Bjuggstam/BAE Systems)

Mjölner is the hammer of Thor, depicted as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of leveling mountains. Mjölner maximizes the space available in the vehicle by the basket-less design, resulting in in optimal ergonomics for
the crew. The storage of the majority of the ammunition in the turret bustle provides rapid and easy
access from both the inside and outside, during loading and firing as well as when resupplying the up to 56
grenades. Mjölner was designed from the very beginning to be intuitive and highly user-friendly. Protection level according to STANAG 2 in basic design, add-on protection can be mounted; enhanced protection is available as an option

The CV90 (Combat Vehicle 90; Stridsfordon 90 or Strf90) is a family of Swedish tracked combat vehicles designed by Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk, FMV), Hägglunds and Bofors during the mid-1980s to early 1990s, entering service in Sweden in the mid-1990s. Developed specifically for the Nordic subarctic climate, the vehicle has very good mobility in snow and wetlands while carrying and supporting eight. There are approximately 1,300 CV90s, in multiple variants, in service with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. More recently, both Slovakia and the Czech Republic have selected CV90 to replace their legacy infantry fighting vehicle fleets.

Swedish Army CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems
Swedish Army CV90 Mjölner Mortar Systems. (Photo by Nils Bjuggstam/BAE Systems)

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