The Army’s first modernized CV90 infantry combat vehicle rolled out of the factory. This happened in the Swedish Örnsköldsvik at manufacturer BAE Systems Hägglunds. It concerns the so-called ‘first of type’. Based on the findings with this test version, series production will follow. That is expected to start at the end of 2023. A total of 122 CV90s are undergoing a major modernization, a so-called midlife update (MLU).

The MLU is needed to keep the vehicle operationally relevant until the end of its service life in 2039. The security situation has changed dramatically in recent years, and potential enemies have become significantly stronger. The upgrade greatly increases the capabilities of the armored infantry vehicle. In the coming period, various tests will follow with this first vehicle to see if it meets all the requirements. The project should be completed by the end of 2026.

The updated vehicles will gain more firepower and better protection against any enemy anti-tank missiles. The latter is due to an active protection system for incoming projectiles that gets a large part of the vehicles. Other important improvements are the new tower and the relocation of the cannon. This gives the crew more room to move and improves ergonomics in general. The IT systems are also being overhauled. All this increases the combat power.

The modifications are appreciated by the future users of the vehicle. They indicate that it is a great improvement, because of the improved protection and the user-friendliness. Inside there is more space and with the cameras they can do their work in more weather conditions.