Denmark commits to finance CV90 construction for Ukraine

Denmark will make a financial contribution of DKr 1.8 billion ($264.1 million) for the procurement of Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) armored fighting vehicles for the Ukraineafter signing a joint declaration of intent with Sweden.

Announced during a visit by Swedish Defense Minister Pål Jonson to Denmark on 18 December 2023, the agreement will see Sweden acquire the CV90s to be delivered to Ukraine, under an agreement between Kyiv and the Swedish Defense Material Administration . (FMV) and Ukraine in July this year.

The Declaration of Intent means that Denmark and Sweden will promote the acquisition of additional CV90s for Ukraine, the Swedish government said in a statement.

“We will use our industrial capacity to ensure the delivery of newly produced 90s combat vehicles to Ukraine. Combat Vehicle 90 has been – and remains – an important addition to Ukraine’s defense since Sweden donated 50 vehicles earlier this year,” said Jonson.

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Sweden had previously, in connection with President Zelenskyy’s visit to Sweden in August, signed a joint Letter of Intent with Ukraine for closer cooperation on the CV90 platform.

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CV90: a workhorse of European armored capability

The CV90 is one of the most widespread AFVs in Europe, in service with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine, as well as Sweden. The Czech Republic and Slovakia have also agreed deals to acquire the platform.

First launched in 1993, the CV90 has since been upgraded throughout its life and is available in various variants. Versions of the CV90 family include the CV9040 with a 40mm gun and the export variant, the CV9030 with a 30mm main armament.

The CV9040 has been in service with the Swedish Army since 1993 with nearly 500 systems delivered and is armed with a 40mm Bofors L/70 gun. Final deliveries were completed in September 2002.

Several Swedish CV9040 vehicle tracking systems have been upgraded with FLIR Systems’ LIRC thermal imaging system. LIRC is based on QWIP (quantum well infrared photodetector) technology.

BAE Systems also developed several export versions of the CV90 for international customers. In July 2010, the company introduced a new variant of the CV90, called the Armadillo. Another new variant, the CV90 MkIV, was released in January 2018 and features improved stealth and survivability.

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