Sweden extends combat vehicle modernization to include its fleet of Leopard tanks.
By Richard Tomkins | April 4, 2016
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 4 (UPI) — Swedish defense procurement agency FMV has selected Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the renovation of 88 Leopard 2 battle tanks and eight tank recovery vehicles.
The renovation will take place over an eight-year period and include replacing legacy tactical command and control systems with new battle management systems.
BAE Systems late last month announced that FMV had contracted it to renovate 262 Combat Vehicle 90, or CV90, armored vehicles. The renovation of the CV90s is to be conducted by BAE Systems’ Swedish subsidiary Swedish HB Development. FMV’s own workshops would conduct the renovation of half the number of vehicles with kits to be provided.
“We will partly replace the components that have reached their technical lifetime or are obsolete, that is, those components that it is no longer possible to procure on the market. And secondly, we will replace the old comman-and-control system in the tanks,” said Peter Elmlund, head of Procurement and Logistics for ground equipment at FMV.
Other components to be replaced in the CV90s include batteries and parts of their electrical system. The M39 machine gun fitted to the CV90s will also be replaced.
IHS Jane’s is reporting that the Swedish Army has ordered upgrades to 350 of its Leopard 2 main battle tanks and CV90 infantry fighting vehicles. According to Jane’s the cost of the upgrade work is worth nearly USD300 million. Under the work both vehicles will have their existing Tactical Command and Control System (TCCS) replaced with a new Battlefield Management System (BMS).
Under the first contract, worth EUR92 million (USD105 million), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) will provide renovation and refurbishment kits for 88 of the Swedish Army’s Stridsvagn 122 MBTs (analogous to the Leopard 2A5) and 8 Bärgningsbandvagn 120 (Bergepanzer BPz3 Büffel) armoured recovery vehicles. Besides the addition of the BMS, work will be undertaken to replace obsolescent parts.
After the upgrade, due to be completed in 2023, the 77 Stridsvagn (Strv) 122A MBTs being modified will be designated Strv C, with 11 upgraded Strv B MBTs being renamed Strv D.
The second contract, worth SEK1.55 billion (USD190 million), will see BAE Systems conduct work to upgrade 262 CV90 IFVs between 2018 and 2020. Alongside replacing the TCCS with the new BMS, this work is to include the replacement of the CV90’s existing Ksp m/39 (M1919A4) coaxial machine guns with the Ksp m/59 (FN MAG) and refurbishing their chassis.
All five of the Swedish Army’s CV90 variants will go through the upgrade, namely: 172 Strf 9040 IFVs, 40 Stripbv 90 command vehicles, 22 Epbv 90 forward observation vehicles, 16 Lvkv 90 air defence vehicles, and 12 Bgbv 90 armoured recovery vehicles.
Besides the generic upgrades across all the variants, the Epbv 90 and Lvkv 90 variants will have their thermal imagers replaced by the same one used by the Strf 9040C IFV. The Strf 9040s will also receive a software update to their fire control systems.
*Note there must be a typo error I checked and there are no Ksp m/59 (FN MAG) only Ksp m/58! Unless it is a completely new model! @wikiwand.com
7,62mm General Purpose Machine Gun FN MAG 58
The FN MAG 58 is a gas operated, belt fed, air cooled automatic weapon. It was adopted by the Austrian Armed Forces when they bought Dutch Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks in 1997. It is used as coaxial machine gun and air defense weapon on the Leopard and as coaxial machine gun on the Ulan Mechanised Infantry Combat Vehicle.
In 2005, the MAG-58 D was adopted as self defense weapon on the S-70A Black Hawk helicopter.
Manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre / FN Herstal (BEL)
Caliber: 7,62 x 51 mm
Weight: 11,79 kg
Length: 1260 mm
Barrel length: 630 mm
Rifling: 4x right hand twist
Max. range of fire: 3.500 m
Effective range of fire: 1.500 m as Coaxial Weapon or on mount; (800 m on bipod)
Rate of fire: theoretical: gas pressure setting 3: 900 to 1.100 rounds/min / setting 2: 750 to 900 rounds/min / setting 1: 650 to 750 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity: 815 m/s
Ammunition: Standard-, Blank-, Tracer-, Practice Ammunition
Feed system: belt (from left hand side)
Sight: Iron Sight; D-version: Mil.Std. 1913 rail (Picatinny)
Licenced versions: USA: M240; GB: L7 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun); Canada: C6 GPMG; Taiwan: Type 74; Sweden: Ksp 58
See details of Stridsvagn 122 MBT: HERE