BAE Systems has rolled out Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) equipped with advanced features for the Royal Netherlands Army.

The new upgraded CV90s were displayed at the BAE Systems Hägglunds facility, located in Sweden.

National Armaments director and Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) director vice admiral Arie Jan de Waard said: “This rollout is an important step in the mid-life update of the infantry fighting vehicles for the Royal Netherlands Army.”

In January 2021, the Dutch DMO awarded a contract worth $500m to BAE Systems to upgrade the Royal Netherlands Army’s CV90 fleet.

The contract required the company to modernise 122 CV90s, with an option that covered 19 additional vehicles.

The deal sought to ensure that the CV9035NL continues to serve the Army through to 2039.

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In this regard, the BAE Systems Hägglunds added a new turret to the upgraded CV90, with enhanced functionality.

The positioning of the main weapon has been modified to ensure better vehicle balance and enhanced lethality.

The latest CV9035 vehicle also features an active protection system (APS), anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), and a fourth generation digital backbone embedded with cybersecurity.

The vehicle includes an electro-optic aiming system (EOPS) for improved situational awareness.

Waard said: “The upgrade of the CV90 results in a state-of-the-art infantry fighting vehicle, which provides more protection, a new turret, greater firepower, and a new IT infrastructure.”

BAE Systems Hägglunds managing director Tommy Gustafsson-Rask added: “This is the first step in delivering the IFV that meets our Dutch customer’s needs, increasing their combat efficiency on the future battlefield.”

Under the mid-life upgrade programme, as many as 20 local companies are providing mechanical and electrical components to BAE Systems Hägglunds and its subsystem suppliers.