The Government of Slovakia has selected BAE Systems to provide its Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) MkIV infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

Following tenders released by Slovakia’s Ministry of Defence for 152 IFVs, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and BAE Systems filed a joint bid in February this year to offer CV90s to the European nation. 

After meeting necessary requirements under the IFV programme, the CV90 was placed in both first and second positions for two turret variants. The decision was taken based on a feasibility report released by the defence ministry last month. 

The negotiation process to finalising a contract for production of the most advanced CV90 variant is expected to be held by the end of this year.

Under the IFV programme, the Slovak Army requires various CV90 MkIV variants that include turreted versions and engineer and recovery vehicles.

Related aspects such as training, tactics, and future vehicle development are also part of the programme.

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BAE Systems Hägglunds has also offered to collaborate with the local Slovak industry to develop and deliver the vehicles on time and on budget.

The move to collaborate with the local industry will ensure defence industrial cooperation, generate jobs, and support economic growth.

BAE Systems Hägglunds (Örnsköldsvik) managing director Tommy Gustafsson-Rask said: “The joint Swedish FMV and BAE Systems team confirms the Swedish government’s support for Slovakia and further strengthens government-to-government relations.

“Our approach is built on strategic collaboration with local Slovak suppliers, enabling them to play a high-value role throughout the production and lifecycle of the CV90 and all its variants.”

Available in 15 variants, the CV90 offers efficient mobility and protection while operating in challenging terrains.

The CV90 MkIV is a fifth-generation CV90 IFV and provides improved speed. It also features advanced electronic architecture to support future capabilities.

BAE Systems has delivered several CV90 variants to European and Nato customers. At present, more than 1,300 CV90s are being used in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.