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BAE Systems has reported a contract signature with Finland to upgrade the Finnish Army’s CV90 armoured vehicle fleet. The agreement, worth up to US$32M with options, includes a mid-life extension programme to increase the vehicles’ combat effectiveness.

The CV9030FIN prototype and test series vehicles will be upgraded first, with the remaining lifecycle upgrades carried out between 2022-2026. As part of the contract, BAE Systems Hägglunds, the original manufacturer of the CV90, will work closely with Finnish industry to upgrade the general availability and maintainability of the vehicle, further develop in-service safety and enhance the system’s technology and software.

Finland is the latest in a series of CV90 customers to invest in an upgrade measure. Four of seven CV90 user nations have recently signed contracts to extend the lifecycle of their fleets and enhance their vehicles’ capabilities. Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands signed mid-life upgrade agreements, while the Norwegian Army recently completed a fleet upgrade and ordered 20 additional CV90s.

Juergen Hensel