BAE Systems CV90 MkIV enhanced and modernized version of CV90 tracked armored IFV


BAE Systems continues to enhanced and modernized the CV90 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle with the CV90 MkIV offering more mobility, firepower, and protection. The CV 90 MK IV was unveiled by BAE Systems during the International Armored Vehicles conference and Exhibition in September 2017.
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BAE Systems CV90 MKIV tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle. (Picture source BAE Systems)


BAE Systems has introduced the next phase of development for the CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the launch of the new CV90 MkIV in 2017. This fifth generation of the company’s combat-proven IFV family represents the next step for the CV90 concept.

This fifth-generation combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) combines improved battlefield speeds and handling with an upgraded Electronic Architecture to support future growth capabilities.

The MkIV represents the next step in the evolution of the CV90 concept. Building on a proud legacy of best-in-class mobility and survivability spanning more than two decades, the CV90 MkIV brings unrivaled technological capabilities and flexibility to today’s complex battlefield.

With a new engine, the MkIV boasts up to 1,000 horsepower and the latest upgraded X300 heavy-duty transmission. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is increased from 35 tones to 37 tones, offering users two tones of extra payload without a decrease in vehicle agility. The MkIV generation will also be the first Western IFV with a qualified Active Protection System.

The new CV90 MkIV D-series of turrets which feature a modular design offering 30/40-, 35/50 and 120mm main guns and weapon pods for integrated Anti-Tank Guided Missiles and machine guns. The turrets are designed to support a more extensive sensor suite integration and utilize BAE Systems’ revolutionary new iFighting™ concept. The MkIV generation will also be the first Western IFV with a qualified Active Protection System.


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With a new engine, the MkIV boasts up to 1,000 horsepower and the latest upgraded X300 heavy-duty transmission. (Picture source BAE Systems)


The design of the CV90 Mk IV is very similar to the original CV90 with the driver seated front left, the power pack to his right, the turret in the center and the troop's compartment at the rear of the hull. The CV90 Mk IV is of all-welded steel armor construction. The CV90 basic armor provides all-round protection against 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. Armor protection over the frontal arc is classified, but all models from CV90 and later are said to be protected against 30 mm APFSDS (Armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot) ammunition.

Active damping is included as part of the base offering for the chassis. This feature enables active vehicle dynamics to give users a more stable platform, allowing increased speed across all terrain. It also reduces life support cost significantly for the end user.

The fourth generation of NGVA Standard Electronic Architecture makes sensor data fusion more effective and significantly increases real-time parallel data processing. This upgrade will support machine-learning algorithms, artificial intelligence capabilities – including autonomous crew support – and Augmented Reality and 3D map data to enable future adoption and growth.


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