BAE Systems, Czech company team for CV90 contract

 Systems and a Czech company have teamed in a bid to secure a contract for CV90 infantry fighting vehicles.

By Richard Tomkins   |   May 12, 2016 at 12:20 PM
BAE Systems has teamed with Czech company VOP CZ in a contract bid for CV90 vehicles. Photo courtesy BAE Systems

LONDON, May 12 (UPI) — BAE Systems and VOP CZ have partnered in a contract bid to replace the Czech Republic’s BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle with BAE’s CV90.

The teaming offers the prospect of long-term industrial cooperation that will benefit VOP CZ and the Czech defense industry, BAE Systems said.

“BAE Systems is committed to building a strong working partnership with VOP CZ and Czech industry,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, president of BAE Systems Hagglunds. “The agreement with VOP CZ will create a strong team to support the Czech Armed Forces for many years ahead.”

The CV90 carries eight soldiers in addition to its three-person crew and is armed with a cannon, machine gun and grenade launcher. It has a speed of about 43 miles per hour and an operational range of nearly 199 miles.

BAE Systems is the design authority and manufacturing lead for the CV90, one of the most modern IFVs on the market and currently in production.

VOP CZ specializes in integrating and supplying modern defense equipment and systems to the Czech military.

“The partnership with BAE Systems is a great opportunity for cooperation with one of the biggest defense companies worldwide,” Marek Spok, managing director of VOP CZ, said. “VOP CZ offers the highest level of technology, development and production capacity for this project so we are well positioned to fulfil the needs of the Czech Army.”


VOP CZ wbsite: HERE

See details of CV 90 120T: HERE


The CV 90 has a welded steel armor hull. It is claimed that the front arc of the CV 90 withstands 30-mm armor-piercing rounds, used by the older Russian IFVs and ACVs. All-round protection is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Latest versions of the CV90 withstand mine blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT. Appliqué ceramic armor can be added to later production models for all-round protection against 30-mm armor-piercing rounds and improved protection against improvised explosive devices. A slat armor can be fitted for protection against tandem-charge RPG rounds. Interior of the CV90 is lined with Kevlar liner to prevent spalling. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection system.

Entered service 1993
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 22.4 t
Length 6.47 m
Width 3.1 m
Height 2.5 m
Main gun 40-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine Scania DS14 diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 5 km/h
Range 300 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1.2 m
Trench 2.9 m
Fording 1.4 m
Fording (after preparation) Amphibious


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