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Insight: Why the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle is making a clean sweep of Nordic markets

19th September 2023 - 16:30 GMT | by Sam Hart in London


Norway was the first export customer for the CV90 and has 148 currently in service. (Photo: Norwegian MoD)

Shephard Defence Insight explores the evolution of BAE Systems Hägglunds’ CV90 IFV from its inception in the late 1980s to the latest CV90 MkIV, detailing the order history and upgrade packages of its ten European customers.


Initially developed in the late 1980s and entering full-rate production in 1993, BAE Systems Hägglunds’ Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) has since entered service with nine European countries spanning five iterations of the platform culminating in today’s MkIV.

Designed and developed for operations in snow and wetlands, the CV90 combines high levels of mobility, protection and firepower with a modular design that can be utilised for other roles, including air defence, reconnaissance, and combat service support.

First purchased by Sweden in 1993, the CV90 is now also operated by Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

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Sam Hart


Sam Hart

Sam Hart is the Land Analyst for Shephard Media's Defence Insight. Before joining Shephard, Sam …

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