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Eurosatory 2024: Sweden procures 50 CV9035 MkIIIC IFVs

The Swedish Army is procuring 50 CV9035 MkIIIC infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), Janes has learnt at the Eurosatory defence exhibition being held in Paris from 17 to 21 June.

Sweden ordered the vehicles in May to replace Swedish Army CV9040s donated to Ukraine and to send more CV90s to Kyiv, in co-operation with Denmark, but at the time neither the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) nor BAE Systems HĂ€gglunds communicated the number being procured or the value of the contract.

Sweden ordered the CV90 MkIIIC rather than the MkIV that Slovakia and the Czech Republic are procuring for speed of delivery, BAE Systems HĂ€gglunds representatives told Janes. The CV90 MkIV would have to go through Swedish qualification, which could add at least a year to delivery times, one of the representatives said.

The CV90 MkIIIC and MkIV are similar, with the main difference being in the dampening of their suspension systems, according to the BAE Systems HĂ€gglunds representatives.

BAE Systems and the FMV announced on 21 May that they had signed a contract for new CV9035 MkIIIC vehicles and associated integrated logistic support. There is also a contract option for more countries to order the CV90 MkIIIC.

In October 2023 the FMV signed a CV90 pre-design contract to prepare to quickly start production. The FMV said at the time that the contract would require an increase in the production capacity at BAE Systems HĂ€gglund's factory in Örnsköldsvik.

BAE Systems HĂ€gglunds CV90 director Tarkan Turkan told journalists at Eurosatory on 18 June that his company has invested EUR300 million (USD322 million) in its facilities and increased the number of its employees from 400 to 2,000.

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