The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (FLO) has taken delivery of the first CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) from BAE Systems Hägglunds.
Delivered at BAE's business partner CHSnor's facilities in Moelv, Norway, the vehicle is one of three CV90s that were handed over to Norwegian industry for completion, as part of in-country partnerships agreed last year.
In June 2012, BAE received a £500m contract to supply 144 advanced CV90s in varying configurations, including 74 infantry fighting, 21 reconnaissance, 15 command, 16 engineering, and 16 multi-role and tow driver training vehicles, to the Norwegian Army from this year.
Of the 144 CV90s, 41 will be new-builds, while the remaining 103 will be upgraded variants of the Norwegian Army's existing fleet of CV9030s.
Norwegian Army CV90 project leader colonel Ragnar Wennevik said: "BAE Systems Hägglunds is an impressive supplier, and with the new CV90, we are buying the world's most advanced armoured combat vehicle family.
"Already proven in combat, we are now taking it to the next generation with state-of-the-art survivability, lethality, digitalisation and mobility."
BAE Systems Hägglunds managing director Tommy Gustafsson-Rask said: "The Norwegian industrial cooperation is extensive and important to us, especially when industrial cooperation is one of the major factors for international success."
Designed to fulfil different functions, including mortar carrier and logistics roles, the multi-role CV90 vehicles are expected to include enhanced capabilities for future battlefield and conflict scenarios, in areas such as protection, survivability, situational awareness, intelligence and interoperability.
BAE has partnered with several Norwegian companies, including Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Nammo Raufoss, CHSnor, Moelv, Ritek and Levanger, to the execute the contract.
CHSnor, which is primarily responsible for the turret upgrade work, as well as Ritek, will deliver CV90 vehicles through to 2018.
In addition to Norway, the vehicles have also been selected by Sweden, Denmark and Finland, as well as Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Image: The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation has received the first CV90 IFV from BAE. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.