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Sweden and Danemark to supply more CV90 combat vehicles to Ukraine.

| 2023

On 18 December, Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson travelled to Copenhagen for talks with Danish Minister of Defence Troels Lund Poulsen. Matters discussed during the visit included support to Ukraine, current NATO issues and the upcoming Danish Chairmanship of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) in 2024.
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The Statement of Intent means that the parties will promote the acquisition of additional Combat Vehicle 90s (CV90) for Ukraine (Picture source: Wikimedia)

During the visit, Mr Jonson and Mr Poulsen also signed a joint Statement of Intent on further support to Ukraine regarding combat vehicles. Denmark will initially make a financial contribution of DKK 1.8 billion and Sweden will supervise the procurement within the framework of the agreement concluded between the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and Ukraine in July this year. Sweden had previously, in connection with President Zelenskyy’s visit to Sweden in August, signed a joint Letter of Intent with Ukraine on closer cooperation on Combat Vehicle 90.

The Statement of Intent means that the parties will promote the acquisition of additional Combat Vehicle 90s (CV90) for Ukraine, which will bolster the overall capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces. “This is an important step that we are taking together with Denmark to support Ukraine’s armed forces. We will use our industrial capability to ensure the delivery of newly produced Combat Vehicle 90s to Ukraine. Combat Vehicle 90 has been – and remains – an important addition to Ukraine’s defence ever since Sweden donated 50 vehicles earlier this year,” says Mr Jonson. In 2023, Sweden already donated 50 CV90s to Ukraine. The vehicle has proven to be very capable and much appreciated in Ukraine.

Sweden has delivered around 50 CV9040 IFVs equipped with a 40mm autocannon to Ukraine so far. The IFVs have been deployed within the Ukrainian military, as reported by the Army Recognition editorial team on July 11, 2023. Ukraine has also shown interest in acquiring more of these vehicles, with potential plans to procure up to 1,000 CV90s.

The Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90), developed by the Swedish company Alvis Hägglunds, now a part of BAE Systems, is a series of infantry fighting vehicles made from all-welded steel armor. Introduced in the mid-1990s, the CV90's modular design allows for various configurations, including infantry fighting, anti-aircraft, and command functions. Powered by a Swedish-built diesel engine, the CV90 has a maximum road speed of 70 km/h and a range of 320 km. The vehicle also incorporates an NBC filtration system, chemical and radiation detectors, and heat-absorbing filters.

The CV9040, known as Strf 9040 in the Swedish army, is equipped with a Bofors 40mm autocannon. It also features a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun M/39 and two Bofors Lyran 71 mm mortar tubes. The gunner's station is equipped with a SaabTech Vetronics Universal Tank and Anti-Aircraft System (UTAAS) sight, which provides both day and night channels and a laser rangefinder.

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