Discussion in 'Post-World War 2 Armour' started by Jens Knudsen, Dec 21, 2005.
The danish army buys 45 new CV9035MKIII IFV:
Now there is a good example of sloped armour, just like the Swedish S - Tank.
The CV90 is a family of modular ground combat vehicles designed to carry out the most part of modern mechanized units missions. The CV90 vehicles are extremely agile, all-terrain capable, with minimized radar and IR signatures to achieve high survivability. They also feature reduced maintenance costs and high growth potential. The CV90's turret is electrically operated and houses a UTAAS sight providing day/night and all-weather detection and fire control capabilities.
The CV90 vehicles are the result of a joint venture between Bofors Defence and Hagglunds. The first CV90 vehicles where delivered to the Swedish Army in 1993. In addition, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland have ordered CV90 armored vehicles. The vehicles weighing 20 to 30 tons are powered by a single Scania DI16 diesel engine providing 600-670 hp.
The CV9035 MkIII is the next generation of the CV9030 infantry fighting vehicle. It will feature a Bushmaster III 35mm 50-caliber cannon as main armament to counter emerging threats with a computerized fire control solution, new programmable ammunition, a commander's independent sight achieving hunter-killer capability, higher protection against top-attack munitions and mines through a new armor package, third generation FLIR, and a defensive aids suite with laser warning receivers and smoke launchers.
The CV9035 MkIII program started in 2001 and completed its development, becoming available for production, in mid-2004. Alvis Hägglunds plans to integrate the individual improvements featured in CV9035 MkIII into previous generations of CV90 armored platform such as CV9030 and CV9040. Overall, CV9035 features enhanced firepower, survivability, mobility, ergonomics and advanced electronic architecture with implemented C4I systems.
In June 2004, Patria Hägglunds was awarded a €120 million contract for 45 additional CV9030 FIN infantry fighting vehicles with deliveries due in 2006 and 2007. It is likely that the 45 CV90s ordered by Finland will be supplied in the CV9035 Mk III standard. Following BAe Systems acquisition of Alvis the new company/business unit responsible for the CV90 project was named Land Systems Hagglunds.
On December 10, 2004, Land Systems Hagglunds received a €749 million contract for the production of 184 CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles. CV9035 was chosen by the government of Netherlands after extensive competitive evaluation and testing under the Dutch Infantry Fighting Vehicle program. The Netherlands Army will be the end customer for these vehicles and the Dutch defense will be strongly involved in the production phase of the program. Deliveries will start in 2007 and will last until 2010.
In mid-December 2005 the Danish Army ordered 45 CV9035 Mk III infantry fighting vehicles worth £123 million becoming the fourth customer for the CV90 version equipped with a Bushmaster III 35/50 canon. The contract also included Danish company Hydrema Export A/S as a partner to BAE Systems for the production of the vehicles.
Main Gun Caliber: 35mm
Height: 2.8 m
Length: 6.6 m
Max Range: 600 km
Max Speed: 70 kph
Max Weight: 28,000 kg
Weight: 24,000 kg
Power: 600 hp
Span: 3.2 m
Delivery for the danish army will be between 2007 and 2009.
heres a video of some Sweedish CV9040's on combat exercises
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 0029&q=ifv
The Norwegian Army chose the CV90 and CV9030 after an extensive evaluation programme including the Warrior and Bradley as well as other IFVs, but it has turned out to be a disapointment. The Army should probably have gone for the Bradley instead.
Varyag, I would be interested in knowing more about why they are considered dissapointing?
I'm not sure why, more a general consensus it seems. I'll ask around.
But it's telling that the Norwegian Army has chosen to spend of their limited budget on upgrading their agening M113s instead of buying more CV90s.
Norway was involved in the development of the CV90 and is still involved in production of components, which is probably why the CV90 was favoured in the first place.
Engine trouble and poor performance in cold weather conditions. The latter is surprising considering the CV90 is developed by Sweden in co-operation with Norway. Some of problems are fixed as far as I understand, but apparently still not to the army's satisfaction. But the winter is not as cold in Denmark as in the northern parts of Norway and Sweden, so the CV90 might be excellent for Danish service.
Cold weather conditions in Norway have messed up so many vehicles. Minus 50 degrees Celsius does things to gearbox oil!
First danish CV9035 Mk III delivered from the factory.
The pic below (from my website) compares the ammo currently in use in light AFVs:
The Bushmaster II gun used in the CV9030 uses 30x173 ammo, the CV9035's Bushmaster III gun uses 35x228. The Swedish CV9040's Bofors gun uses the 40x365R.
The article in which the photo is found is here: http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/WLIP.htm