BAE Systems has demonstrated the capabilities of its CV90 platform to the Brazilian Army at a private event at the Centro de Avaliações do Exército (CAEx). Designed and produced by the Company’s Hägglunds business in Sweden, the CV90 family of vehicles provides high tactical and strategic mobility, air defence, anti-tank capability, high survivability and protection in any terrain or tactical environment. It is the world’s leading infantry fighting vehicle, evolving constantly to retain its leadership position thanks to inputs from the armed forces using the platform. During the summer of 2023 BAE Systems showcased the CV90 to the Brazilian army. As part of its VBC Fuz programme the Brazilian army is looking at procuring 78 tracked infantry fighting vehicles.
Marco Caffe, Brazil Country Director, BAE Systems, said: “It has been great to demonstrate the proven capability of the CV90 to the Brazilian Army. We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase the vehicle’s technology and versatility to help the Army gather information about equipment being used by other countries around the world as part of its regular assessments of available technologies. Protection, partnership and prosperity are the foundation of the BAE Systems relationship with Brazil dating back more than 100 years. We provided the Army’s M113 combat vehicles, the Navy’s Amazonas class ships and aircraft of many types to the Air Force. The company partners with leading Brazilian companies, such as Embraer and EMGEPRON, to deliver for the Brazilian military as well as for export overseas. We look forward to continuing to work together to support the delivery of national security and economic prosperity for Brazil.”
The CV90 (Combat Vehicle 90, Stridsfordon 90) is a family of Swedish tracked armored combat vehicles designed by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), Hägglunds and Bofors during the mid-1980s to early 1990s, entering service in Sweden in the mid-1990s. The CV90 platform design has continuously evolved from the Mk 0 to current Mk IV with technological advances and changing battlefield requirements. The Swedish version of the main infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is fitted with a turret from Bofors equipped with a 40 mm Bofors autocannon. Export versions are fitted with Hägglunds E-series turrets, armed with either a 30 mm Mk44 or a 35 mm Bushmaster autocannon. More than 1,300 CV90s are in service with eight countries. Both Slovakia (152) and the Czech Republic (246) recently placed orders for a combined 398 more vehicles.
The CV90 Mk IV is equipped with a new Scania engine which develops up to 1,000 horsepower (750 kW) and the latest upgraded X300 heavy-duty transmission. Its maximum weight was increased from 35 to 37 tonnes, with space for two tonnes of additional payload, without a decrease in vehicle agility. It features a new augmented reality system named iFighting. The iFighting concept fuses data from different systems within the vehicle to filter and prioritize the most critical information, allowing quicker crew decision-making and improved battlefield performance. The Mk IV generation will also be the first Western IFV with a qualified Active Protection System. It will be equipped with fourth generation electronic architecture supporting future technology adoption and growth. Varying customer requirements have led to multiple CV90 variants with major differences in survivability and electronic architecture. Increased protection has led to higher curb weight; the vehicle’s combat weight has risen from 23 to 35 tonnes.