Slovakia Buys CV90 IFVs for $1.37B

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Slovakia Buys CV90 IFVs for $1.37B
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The Ministry of Defence of Slovak Republic has inked a $1.37 billion agreement for the delivery of 152 CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) produced by BAE Systems.

"The Swedish IFV CV90 meets the criteria of the Slovak Armed Forces. Today, we upgraded the cooperation not only between our armed forces, but also between our countries. I am glad that modernisation of the Slovak Armed Forces is rapidly moving forward. In the last two years, the pace of our army's modernization achieved levels that have not been seen in decades," said Marian Majer, State Secretary of Defence.

The CV90s will be produced and delivered in several configurations with the full cooperation of Slovak industry including ZTS - ŠPECIÁL as the main industry partner to BAE Systems.

The Slovak Army will receive the newest iteration of the CV9035, known as the CV90MkIV. The vehicle combines improved battlefield speeds and handling with an upgraded electronic architecture.

The Slovak CV90s will be equipped with the new D-series turret with a 35 mm gun. The turret provides CV9035 crews with improved protection and amplified combat efficiency through the latest generation of sensors, artificial intelligence and augmented reality software, increasing the CV9035s multi-domain capabilities on the battlefield. The Slovak CV9035 will also be equipped with Elbit Systems’ “Iron Fist” active protection system (APS) solution and an integrated, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ SPIKE-LR, an advanced anti-tank guided missile.

Of the 152 vehicles, 122 will be delivered in the infantry fighting vehicle variant. Twelve IFVs will be built in a new configuration for the Anti-Material Rifles and Grenade Launcher Squad. The remaining vehicles will include Command & Control, Reconnaissance and Engineer and Recovery variants, aimed at providing specialist combat logistics support. The contract also covers training and education systems, as well as tactical simulators.

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