Finland Extends Combat Vehicle Capabilities into the 2030s

BAE Systems will upgrade the general availability and maintainability of the CV90 Combat Vehicles, further develop in-service safety, and enhance the system’s technology and software for the Finnish Army By DA Staff / 02 Aug 2021
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BAE Systems has signed a contract with Finland to upgrade the Finnish Army’s fleet of CV90 Combat Vehicles, extending the CV90’s capabilities into the 2030s.

The agreement, worth up to $32 million with options, includes a mid-life extension program to increase the vehicles’ combat efficiency for the future battlefield. The upgrades will be carried out between 2022-2026. 

As part of the contract, original manufacturer of the CV90, BAE Systems Hägglunds, will work closely with Finnish industries to upgrade the general availability and maintainability of the vehicle, further develop in-service safety, and enhance the system’s technology and software.

“The upgrade program will secure the capability of the vehicles into the 2030s. At the same time, it will make it possible to eventually have a more extensive mid-life upgrade performed on the vehicles during the latter part of their lifecycle,” said Colonel Rainer Peltoniemi, Inspector of the Infantry for the Finnish Army.

Finland is the latest in a series of CV90 customers to significantly re-invest in the platform. Four of seven nations that use the CV90 have recently signed lifetime extension contracts.

Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands signed mid-life upgrade agreements, while the Norwegian Army recently completed a fleet upgrade and ordered 20 additional CV90s to increase the combat power of its existing fleet.

Other nations that use the CV90 include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. 

“We are looking forward to further supporting Finland with its latest program and deepening our relationships with local industry,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds. 

“Our customers’ continued commitment to the platform benefits all current and future CV90 users, as each nation shares their experiences and innovations which help keep the vehicle modern, advanced, and affordable for years to come.”

With close to 1,300 CV90s of numerous variants in service, the vehicle has a combat-proven track record and is designed to accommodate future growth to meet evolving missions.

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