BAE Systems has successfully completed the first long-range anti-tank guided missile test with its CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle firing Spike missiles during a series of tests in December, the company said Tuesday.
The demonstrations were conducted in Northern Sweden to test the integration of the anti-tank guided missiles on CV90s in arctic conditions and showcase the ability to take out targets at ranges greater than 2,000 meters.
“This integrated anti-tank capability confirms that the CV90 is a true benchmark when it comes to expanding a family of multi-mission armored fighting vehicles,” Dan Lindell, BAE Systems Hägglunds’ CV90 platform director, said in a statement. “This new capability can alter the battlefield dynamic and is yet another example of how the CV90’s already superior mobility and survivability allows the warfighter to pack an even heavier punch in any terrain or weather conditions, and at any time on any battlefield.”
The tests in northern Sweden with Rafael’s Spike long range missile took place in below freezing temperatures and during heavy snowfall, according to BAE Systems.
“We fully appreciate Rafael and their Spike team for working with us to demonstrate this important capability and look forward to continuing our collaboration to provide present and future customers with this powerful addition to the CV90’s lethality suite,” Lindell said.
BAE Systems is also currently on contract with the Swedish government to deliver a mortar variant of the CV90, called Mjölner, designed for greater mobility for indirect fire support.
The company has delivered over 1,200 of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicles to European customers, including Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.