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Eurosatory 2018: No timeframe for Czech response on CV90

12th June 2018 - 07:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in Paris

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Showcasing its CV90 Mk IV at Eurosatory, officials from BAE Systems Hägglunds told Shephard they are waiting for an official response from the Czech Republic regarding the platform, which has been offered as a replacement to the Czech Army’s ageing BMP-2 armoured vehicles.

In January 2018 the company announced the launch of the new Mk IV configuration – the number of which now runs to 16 in the family – including the latest which will see Swedish Army mechanised battalions provided with 40 120mm SPM units to replace existing towed capability.

The vehicle displayed in Paris also highlighted the modularity of the platforms in terms of payload options, officials added, with options for 7.62mm/12.7mm machines guns or automatic grenade launchers fitted to the left of the turret. A guided anti-tank missile payload was shown fitted to the right-hand side.

Integration of other capabilities such as the Iron Fist active protection system and increased power through a new Scania DP 1000hp-rated diesel engine, are also continuing. One capability that has moved to become the baseline standard for all variants is the active vehicle damping, which improves the ride for operators allowing increased combat efficiency.

Potential non-European customers for the vehicle have included countries such as Brazil, although prospects there have proven to be problematic given ongoing political controversies.

The CV90 Mk IV was also shown fitted with rubber tracks, which are being fitted to current operators such as Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland. BAE Systems has worked for a number of years with Soucy to develop rubber tracks, which are lighter than traditional options, giving both performance and logistics benefits.

The Ajax family of armoured vehicles would technically also be able to fit the rubber tracks trialled or fitted to the Warrior IFV and CV90.

Speaking to Shephard, officials from Soucy said that testing of its rubber tracks fitted to a Warrior this year proved successful, while similar testing for Malaysia on its Adnan vehicles – M113 APCs manufactured by FNSS – also recently took place.

Soucy also showcased its tracks fitted to a Wiesel armoured fighting vehicle at the show, sizes that could be suitable for use on large UGVs, officials said. Benefits for the use of rubber tracks on UGVs ran similar to those for manned platforms.

The tracks are currently rated at STANAG level 3, which provides protection from 8kg and under anti-personnel mines and IEDs.

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