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DSEI 2017: BAE demonstrates CV90 with APS

14th September 2017 - 10:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull, Uldduz Larki in London

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BAE Systems has demonstrated its CV90 tracked IFV integrated with an active protection system (APS) at this year’s DSEI, a configuration that will likely be fielded by the Dutch Army.

It was publicly announced last December that BAE Systems would lead APS integration for the Dutch, which the company confirmed once again at a press briefing at DSEI.

Dan Lindell, platform manager of CV90 at BAE Systems, said: ‘The Dutch CV90 will have APS in the near future. We are to commence testing slightly after the new year’.

The technology shown at DSEI is a light configuration of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist integrated on top of the CV90’s E30 turret.

Lindell also said that Iron Fist is currently in the integration phase and that they are working together with their customer.

The Iron Fist system senses incoming projectiles through the use of infrared and radiofrequency sensors. Once a threat projectile is considered to be on a lethal trajectory, the system dispenses its own warhead that can safely destroy the missile or round before impact.

The APS is around 250kg and is considered to be an alternative to heavier systems such as Rafael’s Trophy system. Iron Fist has also been considered for use on the US Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

CV90 users currently include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden. The BAE Systems officials noted that other customers could soon follow the Netherlands in integrating an APS for their CV90 fleet.

Another addition to the turret shown at DSEI is ‘weapon pods’ that are mounted on each side of the turret. These pods can include a Mk52 7.62mm machine or an anti-tank guided missile launcher. The vehicle at DSEI features a Spike LR launcher in a two-missile configuration.

‘We have several customers that are looking into the capability of carrying ATGMs,’ said another BAE Systems official.

The official added that by moving to a podded weapon system, machine gun rounds could be moved from inside the turret. This has the effect of increasing crew space as well as boosting the number of rounds that can be carried from 6-700 up to 3,000 rounds.

The vehicle on display also features rubber band tracks. Shephard understands that due to weight, vibration and noise concerns that one CV90 operator has already switched to an all-rubber fleet, while two more are also in the process of making the switch over from steel tracks. 

 The CV90 is now in its fourth generation and integrates a fully-digital architecture.

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