BAE Systems awarded £500 million Norwegian armoured vehicle contract

ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK, Swe­den — BAE Sys­tems will upgrade and build CV90 armoured com­bat vehi­cles for the Nor­we­gian Army under a con­tract worth approx­i­mate­ly £500 mil­lion ($750 mil­lion) award­ed by the Nor­we­gian Gov­ern­ment.

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The com­pa­ny will upgrade Norway’s exist­ing 103-vehi­cle CV9030 fleet, deliv­ered from the mid-1990s, and build new vehi­cle chas­sis to deliv­er 144 CV90s in dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions, includ­ing a vari­ant equipped with a sen­sor suite for improved sur­veil­lance capa­bil­i­ty.

“We have had a long and excel­lent expe­ri­ence with CV90, and have built up con­sid­er­able exper­tise about the sys­tem, which we have cho­sen to fur­ther devel­op togeth­er with our sup­pli­er in Swe­den,” said Pet­ter Jansen, man­ag­ing direc­tor at the Nor­we­gian Defence Logis­tics Organ­i­sa­tion. “This is one of the largest Army invest­ments and an impor­tant part of the Nor­we­gian Army mod­ern­iza­tion plan.”

The project will deliv­er 74 infantry fight­ing, 21 recon­nais­sance, 15 com­mand, 16 engi­neer­ing, 16 mul­ti-role and two dri­ver train­ing vehi­cles. The mul­ti-role vehi­cles can ful­fill dif­fer­ent func­tions, includ­ing mor­tar car­ri­er and logis­tics roles.

“Today’s order illus­trates the trust there is in Nor­way for the CV90 fam­i­ly of vehi­cles,” said Tom­my Gustafs­son-Rask, pres­i­dent of BAE Sys­tems Hag­glu­nds. “We con­tin­ue to invest in the CV90 sys­tem and devel­op the vehi­cle to keep it at the fore­front of tech­nol­o­gy and in par­tic­u­lar, to incor­po­rate improve­ments in pro­tec­tion and dig­i­ti­za­tion so that it remains the world’s most advanced vehi­cle of its kind.”

Incor­po­rat­ing lessons learned from Nor­we­gian oper­a­tions in Afghanistan, the new vehi­cle fleet will have sig­nif­i­cant­ly enhanced pro­tec­tion, sur­viv­abil­i­ty, sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness, intel­li­gence and inter­op­er­abil­i­ty.

Nor­we­gian indus­try will play a major role, with Kongs­berg Defence & Aero­space respon­si­ble for the inte­grat­ed data and infor­ma­tion sys­tem, includ­ing inte­gra­tion of weapon sys­tems, sen­sors, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and secu­ri­ty sys­tems. The Kongs­berg Pro­tec­tor remote weapon sta­tion will be fit­ted to all vari­ants of the vehi­cle.

The Swedish CV90 has been select­ed by the Nordic nations (Nor­way, Swe­den, Den­mark and Fin­land), Switzer­land and The Nether­lands. The first CV90 was deliv­ered to Swe­den in 1993, and this pro­gramme will increase the num­ber of vehi­cles ordered to more than 1,200.

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