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Czech optical specialist Meopta has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saab for the production of components for fire control system designed for use on BAE Systems’ CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The CV90’s universal tank and anti-aircraft fire control system (UTAAS) has been designed to provide direct fire capability.

Using UTAAS technology, CV90’s gunner can target the vehicle’s movements independently while the fire control system automatically aligns the gun.

The fire control system facilitates quicker firing than conventional target alignment technology in combat situations, BAE stated.

The CV90 is being offered as a replacement to the Czech Army’s fleet of BMP II IFVs.

“BAE Systems is committed to offering the Czech Army a modern, adaptable combat vehicle with cutting-edge technologies.”

BAE Systems’ Hägglunds business general manager Tommy Gustafsson-Rask said: “BAE Systems is committed to offering the Czech Army a modern, adaptable combat vehicle with cutting-edge technologies.

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“As we continue to pursue the BMP II replacement programme, we are pleased to see one of our key suppliers expand their own range of services in support of one of the nation’s most important defence programmes.”

The CV90 is claimed to provide high tactical and strategic mobility, air defence, anti-tank capability, high survivability and protection in any terrain or tactical environment.

More than 1,200 CV90s are currently in operation with seven nations, including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

In addition to Meopta, BAE has also collaborated with other Czech companies such as VOP CZ and Ray Service.