BAE Systems chooses Elbit for vetronics sensors and active protection for Swedish armored combat vehicle

Feb. 10, 2021
The CV90 is a family of Swedish tracked combat vehicles built during the mid-1980s and early 1990s, and entered service in Sweden in the mid-90s.

HAIFA, Israel – Vetronics designers at BAE Systems Hägglunds AB in Gullänget, Sweden, needed active-protection systems and electro-optical commander sights for a Swedish army armored personnel carrier. They found their solution from Elbit Systems Ltd. in Haifa, Israel.

BAE Systems Hägglunds has awarded an $82 million contract to supply the Royal Netherlands Army with active protection systems and electro-optical commander sights over the next four and a half years, Elbit officials say.

The contract to Elbit is part of a modernization program in which BAE Systems Hägglunds is asking Elbit to equip the Netherlands Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) armored combat vehicles with Iron Fist active protection, and Commander Open Architecture Panoramic Sights (COAPS).

Iron Fist is a lightweight system that uses optical sensors, tracking radars, launchers, and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance, with negligible residual penetration.

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COAPS is a modular dual-axis stabilized sight that facilitates fire control computation and long-range target acquisition during the day and at night in stationary and mobile situations.

The CV90 is a family of Swedish tracked combat vehicles designed by Sweden's Defense Materiel Administration, BAE Systems Hägglunds, and Bofors during the mid-1980s and early 1990s. It entered service in Sweden in the mid-90s.

The Swedish version of the main infantry fighting vehicle has a Bofors turret with a 40-millimeter Bofors autocannon. Export versions are fitted with Hägglunds E-series turrets, armed with either a 30- or a 35-millimeter Bushmaster autocannon.

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Developed for the Nordic subarctic climate, the vehicle has good mobility in snow and wetlands while carrying and supporting six or eight infantry soldiers.

Other variants include forward observation, command and control, anti-aircraft, armored recovery vehicle, electronic warfare (EW) and related models.

For more information contact Elbit Systems online at, or BAE Systems Hägglunds at

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