BAE Systems Hägglunds has awarded a contract to Elbit Systems to support the Royal Netherlands Army’s (RNLA) CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) modernisation programme.

Under the $82m contract, Elbit Systems will provide its Iron Fist Active Protection Systems (APS) and Commander Open Architecture Panoramic Sights (COAPS) for the Netherlands CV90 IFVs.

Elbit Systems Land general manager Yehuda (Udi) Vered said: “We are pleased with the opportunity to cooperate with BAE Systems Hägglunds and to support this important modernisation programme of the RNLA.”

Work under the contract will be carried out for four and a half years.

Since 2015, BAE Systems Hägglunds and the RNLA have been working on integrating the Iron Fist APS onto the CV9035NL.

The lightweight Iron Fist system is designed to deliver the required crew protection as it allows to combat threats from a safe distance. It makes use of optical sensors, tracking radars, launchers and countermeasure munitions.

COAPS modular dual-axis stabilised sight facilitates long-range target acquisition both day and night.

In January, BAE Systems secured a $500m contract to upgrade the Netherlands’ CV90s.

In a separate contract, Elbit Systems has been contracted to supply VBTP 6X6 wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to an undisclosed Asia-Pacific army customer.

As part of the $46m contract, the vehicles will be fitted with the company’s turrets and subsystems.

Some of the Elbit systems that will be integrated include TORCH-X battle management systems, E-LynX software-defined radio systems, fire control systems, gunner and commander sights and more.

The vehicles were developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles in partnership with the Brazilian Army.

Vered stated: “We are pleased with our continuous co-operation with Iveco, particularly with our capacity to contribute to the export efforts of the Brazilian defence industry. We believe that our strong portfolio of subsystems positions us advantageously to lead procurement programmes of armoured vehicles, especially as the missions they are tasked with become more diverse and increasingly networked.”

The company is expected to complete the contracted work over a three-year period.