BAE Systems announced Tuesday that it has signed a contract with Finland to upgrade the Finnish Army’s fleet of CV90 infantry fighting vehicles. The agreement, worth up to $32 million with options, is said to include a mid-life extension program to increase the vehicles’ combat efficiency for the future battlefield.
According to the company, the CV9030FIN prototype and test series vehicles will be upgraded first, with the remaining lifecycle upgrades carried out between 2022 and 2026. As part of the contract, BAE Systems Hägglunds, the original manufacturer of the CV90, will work closely with Finnish industry to upgrade the general availability and maintainability of the vehicle, further develop in-service safety, and enhance the system’s technology and software, BAE said.
Finland is the latest in a series of CV90 customers to significantly re-invest in the combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle platform. Four out of the seven nations in the CV90 user club have recently signed contracts to extend the lifecycle of their fleets and enhance their vehicles’ capabilities. Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands signed mid-life upgrade agreements, while the Norwegian Army recently completed a fleet upgrade and ordered 20 additional CV90s to increase the combat power of its existing fleet, according to BAE.
Besides Finland, the other six countries operating the CV90 are Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, with close to 1,300 CV90s of numerous variants in service.