Canada Wishes for CV90 Vehicles
One of our readers turned us on to this interesting little tank from Sweden, the CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle that Canada is seeking to purchase for its “close combat vehicle program“. From Dave Pugliese’s Defence Watch:
The turret can be outfitted with a variety of guns, depending on the customer’s needs; 30mm Bushmaster II cannon or the latest generation with a 35mm Bushmaster. There are also options for a 40mm gun; also a 120mm gun for those who want a light tank capability. The firm is highlighting the vehicle as having the most advanced survivability kit available. CV90s are now in service in Afghanistan. The vehicle being shown at CANSEC is configured to carry 7 soldiers. It has a remote weapons station and comes with advanced electronics package that includes a defensive aid suite. Cameras on the front, left and right of the vehicle give good situational awareness.
The Swedes seem to “get it” concerning vehicles, ships, and weapons for low intensity conflict, despite not having fought a war for centuries. We still like the Stryker for its quietness and ease of maintenance (except for off-road conditions of course). But this is a very good concept worth looking into, and costing about $1 million each. Well done.
McLean’s has further details:
Although agile and quick-handling on roads and solid ground, the army has found LAVs often get stuck in boggy ground along riverbeds where the Taliban have increasingly chosen to stage ambushes.One of the vehicles under serious consideration is the CV90, which is essentially a light tank that’s capable of carrying troops, according to defence sources.
In terms of size and firepower, the BAE Systems vehicle falls in between the LAV III and the 64-tonne Leopard tank.The British defence giant is offering Canadian industry the opportunity to build the turret and other components for the CV90.The 32-tonne iron monster – with a 35 mm cannon and crew of three – affords roughly the same level of protection as a Leopard tank, which has thus far survived strikes by ever-increasing Taliban roadside bombs.
Now the track vehicles are very handy on the other side of the world in Afghanistan, but this would likely be a rare occurrence in most types of armored warfare around the world, where roads are so prevalent. I think the Canadians are doing well to buy these off the shelf weapons, instead of a grandiose defense project for tracked armor, which spends far out of proportion than the enemy it is likely to face.
H/T to the Torch.