BAE Systems and the Slovak Republic Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a €1.3bn agreement for the acquisition of CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

The agreement signing follows the selection announcement in June this year. With this, the Slovak Republic becomes the eighth member of the CV90 User Club.

As part of the government-to-government agreement, the company will produce and deliver 152 CV9035 IFVs in different configurations, as well as training and education systems, and tactical simulators.

The Slovak Army will receive 122 in the IFV variant, 12 units in a new configuration for the Anti-Material Rifles and Grenade Launcher Squad, and the remaining as command and control, reconnaissance and engineer and recovery variants for specialist combat logistics support.

BAE Systems will receive complete support from ZTS – ŠPECIÁL, which will serve as the main industry partner, and Slovak state-owned and private companies.

Slovak Republic Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď said: “I am excited for another major modernisation project for our land forces.

“With these vehicles, we are fulfilling our commitment from a few years ago, to build a heavy mechanised brigade. I am looking forward to close cooperation with our partners who are already using the Swedish vehicles.”

The CV90MkIV, which is the newest iteration of the CV9035 that the Slovak Army will receive, will feature several advanced capabilities and digital technology.

The vehicle will be fitted with the D-series turret with a 35mm gun, Elbit Systems’ ‘Iron Fist’ active protection system, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ advanced anti-tank guided missile SPIKE-LR.

Slovak Republic State Secretary of Defence Marian Majer said: “The Swedish IFV CV90 meets the criteria of the Slovak Armed Forces. Today, we upgraded the cooperation not only between our armed forces, but also between our countries.

“I am glad that modernisation of the Slovak Armed Forces is rapidly moving forward. In the last two years, the pace of our army’s modernisation achieved levels that have not been seen in decades.”