The Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) is an Army infantry fighting vehicle. The CV90 can transport infantry to and from the front lines and actively participate in the battle itself. The vehicle is armed with a fast-firing 35mm cannon and heavy armor. It can carry 7 packed soldiers and their weapons.
The CV90 has been significantly modernized. In this way, the vehicle will be operational and maintainable until the end of its life in 2039. In early 2021, MoD signed a contract with manufacturer BAE Systems Hägglunds for the so-called Midlife Upgrade (MLU) of 128 vehicles.
Active protection system
90 copies receive an active protection system. It detects and destroys incoming projectiles such as the B. Modern Rocket Propulsion Grenade (RPG) containing tandem thermal projectiles. The CV90 also receives an ATGM (anti-tank guided missile) system for spike missiles. New observation tools for commanders and gunners and thermal imaging equipment for drivers have been introduced.
The CV9035NL is equipped with a Bushmaster III rapid-fire 35mm cannon, a 7.62mm MAG machine gun, and a smoke and flag grenade launcher. With a few adjustments, you can even fire 50mm ammunition. The gun can aim up to 37 ° up and 8 ° down, so you can also shoot an (anti-tank) helicopter.
Special airburst ammunition is available for this, exploding with 152 tungsten balls just in front of the target. This ammunition was also effective against ground targets and was specifically adapted for this application at the request of the Royal Netherlands Army. For example, enemy heavy tanks that cannot penetrate armor can be eliminated by destroying the target equipment.
Command or infantry vehicle
The command vehicle provides space for four employees to direct operations. The infantry version has room for seven armed infantry to participate in ground combat. The vehicle is equipped with the latest digital information systems and electronic control and steering systems.
The commander has his view of the rotating command dome. You can place the found target on the shooter’s display and search for a new target yourself. The fire control system can automatically track the target.
The basic structure is composed of high hardness layered armor steel. The inside is lined with Kevlar to minimize the effects of grenade hits (debris and molten metal). Armor is used wherever possible in build-up armor packs (add-on armor).
This technique keeps the basis weight as low as possible. 100 heavy armor CV90s with over 6 tons of additional armor removed. This saves you money during peaceful times, just like how car transportations also save us time when they offer their services when they are needed by the people.