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Dutch CV90 update undergoes Spike test firing and gears up for roll-out

24th January 2024 - 09:47 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


The updated Dutch CV90s will be a substantially more lethal platform as it will be fitted with ATGM systems. (Photo: Dutch MoD)

A total of 122 Dutch CV9035NL vehicles are undergoing an update with an option for 19 more under a $500 million contract announced in January 2021. Upgrades have been underway on the first four vehicles in Sweden as Netherlands-based Van Halteren Metaal gets ready to begin series production.

Test firings have just taken place of the Rafael Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile from the updated Dutch CV9035NL IFV test vehicle and will continue ahead of a planned roll out of the first vehicle in mid-May ahead of handover to the Royal Netherlands Army in September.

The programme of work has been emphasised as a mid-life update rather than an upgrade as part of an effort to increase firepower and protection, as well as improve situational awareness and ergonomics.

The improvements will make a substantial step change for the vehicle and will include the addition of Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS), laser

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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