Czech manufacturer Laser Centrum CZ has been contracted by BAE Systems to produce mechanical components required to build Mjölner mortar system for the Swedish Army.

The Mjölner system will be integrated into the Swedish Army’s fleet of CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

Laser Centrum is the second Czech company to be selected by BAE to support the production of the Mjölner mortar system.

It is involved in providing precision metal sheet manufacturing services, including laser-cutting, metal-bending, and welding.

BAE Systems Hägglunds business development vice-president Peter Nygren said: “We are pleased to extend our industry network further into the north of the Czech Republic while helping to support the regional economy and workforce through a high profile defence programme.

“This latest contract will also open the door for Laser Centrum to compete for production work in the defence sector.”

“This latest contract will also open the door for Laser Centrum to compete for production work in the defence sector, which only serves to strengthen the Czech Republic’s defence industry base over the long-term.”

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Ray Service was tasked with developing and producing cabling assemblies for 40 mortar systems in May.

Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence was also selected to produce 84 120mm barrels as part of a multi-million euro contract for the mortar systems in September.

BAE Systems is offering CV90 as a potential replacement for the Czech Army’s legacy fleet of BMP II IFVs.

The CV90 is currently in service in numerous countries, including several Nato members.