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Eurosatory 2024: BAE Systems Hägglunds declares ‘world ready’ for CV90120

BAE Systems Hägglunds declared the world ready for the CV90120 at Eurosatory 2024. (BAE Systems Hägglunds)

BAE Systems Hägglunds offered the CV90120 armoured vehicle as a lighter, more mobile alternative to main battle tanks (MBTs) at the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition held in Paris from 17 to 21 June. The company did not display the vehicle at the show as it only has one, but BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90 director Tarkan Turkcan told journalists at Eurosatory 2024 on 18 June, “The world is ready for the CV90120.”

Noting that it was similar to the CV90 MkIII infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), he reported that BAE Systems Hägglunds had simulated the 42-tonne CV90120 against Leopard 2 and T-72B3 MBTs. He said the CV90120 has a “super fast” auto loader, with 44 rounds, including 16 ready to fire, which is comparable to the Leopard 2 and Mitsubishi Type 10 MBTs. Turkcan revealed that BAE Systems Hägglunds was in talks with Rheinmetall on the German company's L44A1 high pressure gun. He also spoke of the need for a redefinition of a tank in NATO Standardization Agreements (STANAGs).

Turkcan said the CV90120 could have tethered unmanned aerial vehicles or loose ones for longer-range reconnaissance or that the vehicle could have a “drone garage”. The two UAV operators could also act as backups for other crew members.

The CV90120 has a commander sight together with the gunner and a 7.62 mm weapon station and can be equipped with jammers and an active protection system, according to Turkcan.

For more information on the CV90 series and IFV procurement, please see Eurosatory 2024: Sweden procures 50 CV9035 MkIIIC IFVs.

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