The Norwegian Army has taken delivery of new CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from BAE Systems during a ceremony at the Setermoen Military Camp in North-Norway.
The 12 vehicles represent the first production batch of a total of 144 new and upgraded CV90s scheduled to be delivered to the army as part of a £500m contract awarded by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation in June 2012.
Under the contract, the company is required to deliver 41 new vehicles and upgrade 103 of the army's existing fleet of CV9030s, with the addition of enhanced capabilities for protection, survivability, situational awareness, intelligence, and interoperability.
BAE Systems Hagglunds president Tommy Gustafsson-Rask said: "The delivery of these vehicles on schedule and within cost illustrates the highly collaborative, robust relationship between the Norwegian authorities, BAE Systems and its Norwegian industry partners."
Norwegian Army CV90 project leader colonel Ragnar Wennevik said: "We received the CV90s exactly on the date we wrote into the contract more than three years ago and that is something that we are very pleased with.
"BAE Systems Hägglunds is a good partner and we hope we can continue to develop the relationship during the many years of use for the CV90 fleet."
The 144 vehicles are being supplied in five configurations, including 74 infantry fighting, 21 reconnaissance, 15 command and control, 16 engineering support, as well as 16 multi-role configuration and two driver training vehicles.
BAE has partnered with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Nammo Raufoss, CHSnor, Moelv, and Ritek AS Levanger to execute the IFV programme, which is said to be a key part of the Norwegian military's ongoing modernisation.
In addition to Norway, the vehicles have been selected by Sweden, Denmark and Finland, as well as Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Image: The upgraded CV90 vehicles will feature enhanced capabilities for protection, survivability, situational awareness, intelligence, and interoperability. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.