BAE Systems has delivered the Mjölner vehicle mounted mortar system to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the Swedish Army’s CV90 combat vehicles.
Developed and produced by BAE Systems Hägglunds, Mjölner is a turret solution that will bring indirect fire capability to the fleet of CV90s.
BAE Systems and the Swedish Army will present a full-scale CV90 Mjölner variant at DSEI 2019 conference in London, UK, this week.
The company stated that the first four vehicles fitted with the mortar system will be transferred to the Swedish Army this month.
Indirect fire delivered by the CV90 Mjölner’s mortar system will support mechanised battalions. The capability can be adapted for different vehicle platforms.
BAE Systems Hägglunds general manager Tommy Gustafsson-Rask said: “Mjölner is a step-change solution on the battlefield, a turret system that is easy to train, simple to use, and highly effective.
“Having the latest variant of the versatile CV90 on display at DSEI, with the support of our FMV customer, is proof of BAE Systems’ ability to deliver new technology milestones to a demanding programme schedule.”
The solution features two smoothbore 120mm gun barrels mounted on the vehicle. The mechanical loading system is designed to rapidly reload the gun barrels in all combat situations.
Mjölner offers a full 60° frontal engagement arch and its elevating range of 45° to 83° enables operates to engage targets over a wide range of distances.
FMV Land Systems director brigadier general Mikael Frisell said: “We are very pleased with the progress of the CV90 programme to date, and we are meeting the key milestones for fielding on time, quality and budget.
“This new variant is a powerful addition to our fleet of CV90s and also helps us prepare our brigades for the future by increasing the vehicles’ lifespan in support of army capabilities.”
BAE Systems Hägglunds is under contract to deliver 40 mortar systems for the Swedish Army’s CV90 vehicles under the Mjölner programme.
The programme began in December 2016 and saw the delivery of the first four test vehicles to the FMV earlier this year to conduct validation and training.
The four CV90 test vehicles are now certified to join the service.
The company is expected to make final delivery of the remaining vehicles under the programme next year.