The Czech Republic has finalized negotiations to procure CV90 infantry fighting vehicles from BAE Systems Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik.
The decision builds on a memorandum signed in 2022 to purchase tracked combat vehicles from Sweden.
BAE Systems submitted a proposal offering CV90 MkIVs to the Czech Republic in 2021.
Valued at 22 billion Swedish kronor ($2.2 billion), the agreement will deliver 246 CV90 MkIVs in seven different variants.
Sweden will also provide the Czech Republic with delivery support and information exchange during training, operation, and continued development of the CV90s according to the country’s requirements.
“As the ninth member of the CV90 User Group, the Czech Republic and its Army will benefit from this combat-proven infantry fighting vehicle with a leading combination of mobility, firepower, protection, and future growth potential,” BAE Systems Hägglunds Managing Director Tommy Gustafsson-Rask stated.
“This contract also represents a significant win for Czech industry that will last for decades.”
Providing ‘Great Advantages’
The CV90 MkIV is the latest iteration of BAE Systems’ infantry fighting vehicle.
The battle-proven system is already operational with international forces, including NATO members.
It features capabilities to aid users in dominating tactical and strategic challenges against airborne and land-based targets in various terrain and scenarios.
“We welcome another member of the successful CV90 User Group collaboration,” Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Export Operations Head Joakim Wallin said.
“When several countries use and develop a system together, it provides great advantages for all users, such as increased ability, increased availability, increased opportunities for operational cooperation and all at lower costs.”
CV90 in Slovakia
Before the Czech Republic, Slovakia became the eighth country to request the new CV90 infantry fighting vehicle for its military.
The country spent $1.37 billion to purchase 152 systems in various configurations last December.