BAE Systems has submitted its final bid to provide the combat vehicle 90 (CV90) for the Czech Ministry of Defence BMP II replacement programme.

The company’s CV90 MkIV infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is being offered as a potential replacement to the Czech Army’s legacy fleet of BMP II IFVs.

The vehicle is an improved version of its CV90 tracked armoured IFV.

BAE has partnered with Czech Republic’s state-owned defence integrator VOP to ensure on time and within budget production and delivery of the vehicle.

BAE Systems Hägglunds managing director Tommy Gustafsson-Rask said: “We are confident that the CV90 MkIV, modernised with the most advanced capabilities, is the best choice for the Czech Army, not only to protect its soldiers but also to secure the future of its nation’s defence forces.

“Successful industrial cooperation goes beyond the mechanical assembly of the vehicle or the creation of new factories.

“Its foundations are built on playing a high-value and strategic role in the development, production, training, and support of the vehicle and all its variants.”

The CV90 MkIV features a modern turret configuration and can be integrated with the latest generation sensors and active survivability systems, and other weapon add-ons to deliver enhanced capabilities to the troops.

The CV90 manufacturer BAE Systems Hägglunds has delivered multiple CV90 export programmes to European customers.

The team’s proven industrial cooperation approach aligns with the Czech Republic’s industrial goals, including the co-development and delivery of tracked combat vehicles with VOP, according to BAE.

Gustafsson-Rask added: “We believe our strategic relationship with VOP CZ, combined with the modern, combat-proven CV90 MkIV, is the right formula for a successful program in the Czech Republic.”

The CV90 vehicle is in service with the armies of Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Denmark.

Currently, more than 1,300 vehicles are in service in multiple variants.