BAE Systems has signed a contract valued at around $32m to upgrade the Finnish Army’s fleet of CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).
The agreement includes a mid-life extension programme to increase the efficiency of IFV combat capabilities into the 2030s.
BAE Systems noted that the CV9030FIN prototype and test series vehicles will be upgraded first under the contract.
The remaining lifecycle upgrades are expected to be executed between 2022-2026.
Under the contract, CV90’s original manufacturer, Sweden-based BAE Systems Hägglunds, will work in close cooperation with the Finnish industry to upgrade the vehicle’s general availability and maintainability.
BAE Systems Hägglunds will further develop in-service safety and improve the technology and software of the system.
Finnish Army Infantry inspector colonel Rainer Peltoniemi said: “The upgrade programme will secure the capability of the vehicles into the 2030s.
“At the same time, it will make it possible to eventually have a more extensive mid-life upgrade performed on the vehicles during the latter part of their lifecycle.”
Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland and the Netherlands are the seven users operating the CV90.
According to BAE, Finland is the latest to join a series of CV90 customers who are continuously re-investing in the combat-proven IFV platform.
BAE Systems Hägglunds managing director Tommy Gustafsson-Rask said: “We are looking forward to further supporting Finland with its latest program and deepening our relationships with local industry.
“Our customers’ continued commitment to the platform benefits all current and future CV90 users, as each nation shares their experiences and innovations, which help keep the vehicle modern, advanced, and affordable for years to come.”
In February this year, BAE secured a contract worth more than $50m to deliver 20 additional CV90 IFVs to the Norwegian Army.