Saab has received an order from BAE Systems Hägglunds for sight- and fire control capability for the CV90 armoured combat vehicle. The order value is approximately SEK 970 million and the contract period is 2023-2029. Saab will provide the sight- and fire control capability for the BAE Systems’ CV90 ordered by the Czech Republic earlier in 2023 and will carry out the work in Sweden and the Czech Republic. In May 2023 Saab received an order from BAE Systems Hägglunds for sight- and fire control capability for Slovakia’s CV90 combat vehicles. Saab’s sight- and fire control capability for tanks and combat vehicles provides high hit probability against ground and air targets, regardless of the vehicle’s movements.
“The new order further underlines our great collaboration with BAE Systems Hägglunds as well as our ability to scale up production,” says Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.
The CV90 (Combat Vehicle 90, Stridsfordon 90) is a family of Swedish tracked armoured combat vehicles designed by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), Hägglunds and Bofors during the mid-1980s to early 1990s, before entering service in Sweden in the mid-1990s. The CV90 platform design has continuously evolved from the Mk 0 to the 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.The CV90 is equipped with the Universal Tank and Anti-Aircraft Sight from Saab which has daytime optical, thermal imaging system and Generation III image intensification.
The first CV90 delivered was for Sweden, and was armed with a Bofors 40/70B cannon in a two-man turret, which had beaten out the 25 mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun during initial prototype trials. The Mk 0 has a conventional electrical system and was fitted for but not with appliqué armour systems. The Swedish Army ordered five variants of the CV90. The requirements expressed by the Swedish FMV on signature management were extremely challenging and led to a lot of new design features inherited by all subsequent generations (Mks 0 to III). The CV90 also carries six 76-mm grenade launchers, which are arranged in two clusters of three launchers; the clusters are positioned on each side of the turret. The grenade launchers are intended for smoke grenades, but can also be loaded with a variety of combat grenades.