Slovakia continues to research the market for new IFVs

 30. 06. 2021      category: Events
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A few days ago, the "Záhorie" Military Technical and Testing Institute in Slovakia became the scene of dynamic demonstrations of potential new tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles again. These could replace the obsolete BVP-2, BVP-1 and BVP-M vehicles in the Slovak Army. This time, three variants of the CV90 tracked armored vehicles were presented in the demonstrations. By acquiring new Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Slovakia will also contribute to the fulfillment of the commitment within NATO, which is to build a heavy mechanized brigade.

158691Picture: A few days ago, the "Záhorie" Military Technical and Testing Institute in Slovakia became the scene of dynamic demonstrations of potential new tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles again. These could replace the obsolete BVP-2, BVP-1 and BVP-M vehicles in the Slovak Army. | Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic

Slovakia is continuing market research in connection with the replacement of obsolete tracked combat vehicles with modern technology. Most recently, three variants of the CV90 vehicle were introduced  to the highest representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Army. The presentation of CV90 tracked armored vehicles was attended by the Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic Daniel Zmeko and also the Chairman of the Defense Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Juraj Krúpa. There was also Secretary of State Marian Majer, who paid a visit to Sweden during April, during which he took part in dynamic demonstrations of CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles in the presence of Deputy Chief of the Swedish Armed Forces, Brigadier General Laura Swaan Wrede. Subsequently, the State Secretary also visited BAE Systems Hägglunds, which manufactures the CV90.

158693Picture: Presentation of the CV90 vehicle | Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic

According to the Ministry of Defense, recent demonstrations of the CV90 vehicles aimed to present the technical characteristics, functional parameters, driving characteristics and shooting of of the CV90 vehicles. During the presentation, representatives of Slovakia and BAE Systems Hägglunds also talked about the possibilities of involving the domestic defense industry in the process of acquiring new IFVs. This year, the "Záhorie" Military Technical and Testing Institute also hosted a presentation of the ASCOD combat vehicles from General Dynamics European Land Systems and the Lynx KF41 from the German company Rheinmetall.

158701Picture: Various variants of the CV90 tracked armored vehicles were presented at dynamic demonstrations | Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic

CV90 tracked combat vehicles are used in various versions by a total of seven countries, of which four users are members of NATO, namely Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands and Norway. Other users are Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. Currently, the CV90 combat vehicle is also participating in the tender for new IFV in the Czech Republic, in which it competes with the ASCOD 2 and the Lynx KF41 vehicles. According to the manufacturer, the CV90 also boasts experience in various missions, including in Afghanistan. BAE Systems now offers the fifth generation of the CV90, reflecting more than 25 years of experience with the CV90 family.

Source: Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic

 Author: Mgr. Otto Dóka