Major order for Land Systems Hägglunds

BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds has won an order worth 749 million Euros from the Netherlands for its CV90 armoured vehicle.

BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds has won an order worth 749 million Euros from the Netherlands for its CV90 armoured vehicle. This is the first major contract win for Land Systems, created in September this year.

The Netherlands Army and Land Systems Hägglunds will sign a contract for the delivery of 184 infantry-fighting vehicles on 13 December. Deliveries will be made between 2007 and 2010.

Land Systems Hägglunds said in a statement that its CV9035 was selected for the Dutch infantry fighting vehicle programme after an extensive competitive evaluation. State secretary for Defence Cees van der Knaap stated in a letter to the Dutch parliament on 29 October: “The outcome of the evaluation is that the CV90 fulfils the requirements, has the lowest risk, the lowest price and the fastest delivery time.”

Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Finland have all selected the CV90 and the new Dutch contract brings the total ordered to 1125.

The CV9035 features enhanced firepower, mobility, ergonomics and advanced electronics with implemented Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information systems (C4I). The main armament is a Bushmaster III 35/50 cannon with a computerised fire control system, incorporating an ammunition programmer.