RUAG to participate for live extension program of Swiss Army CV9030 tracked armored IFVs
According to a press release published on November 23, 2020, the Swiss company RUAG has signed a contract with the Swedish company BAE Systems Hägglunds and, as the most important supplier, has secured a comprehensive order as part of the Swiss Army's extension of use of the armored infantry fighting vehicles CV9030 (Nutzungsverlängerung Schützenpanzer 2000).
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CV9030 or Nutzungsverlängerung Schützenpanzer 2000 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle of the Swiss Army.(Picture source VBS)
The services provided by RUAG include the introduction of measures to extend the use of 186 CV9030 tracked vehicles in four different configurations, as well as other comprehensive services, such as the establishment of a material competence center. The CV90 is the standard tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) in service with the Swiss Army since 2002. The vehicle is fitted with a two-man turret armed with one 30 mm Bushmaster II automatic cannon. The rear of the hull can accommodate eight infantrymen.
With this program, the aim is to make the armored infantry fighting vehicles usable until 2040. In particular, assemblies that can no longer be maintained are replaced. In addition, the vehicles are equipped with an active chassis to increase mobility and reduce damage caused by vibrations.
The program will begin with the production of two series samples in Sweden and the subsequent production of five pilot series vehicles at RUAG in Thun. After successful testing, the entire fleet will be converted at RUAG, which is expected to continue until 2025.
BAE Systems Hägglunds, the Swedish division of the British defense company BAE Systems, is the original manufacturer of the CV90 and a direct contractual partner of armasuisse. As the most important supplier, RUAG's maintenance and development expertise is convincing in this contract. The 186 vehicles will not only be converted and maintained in RUAG's material competence center but will also be further developed. RUAG also develops and produces the Auxiliary Power Unit, which is integrated into the tank.
As a strategic partner and material competence center, RUAG thus supports ensuring the operational readiness and autonomy of the Swiss Armed Forces.