RUAG to Support Life-Extension of Swiss Army CV9030 Infantry Fighting Vehicles
RUAG has signed a contract with the Swedish company BAE Systems Hägglunds to support the life-extension of the Swiss Army CV9030 armored infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), known as the “Schützenpanzer 2000.”
BAE Systems Hägglunds is the primary contractor for the life-extension program (Schützenpanzer 2000 Nutzungsverlängerung) and recently received the contract from the Swiss Federal Office for Defense Procurement (armasuisse). The life-extension program of the CV9030 will keep the 186 vehicle fleet in service until 2040 and significantly improve the platform’s ability in certain areas.
The services provided by RUAG include the introduction of measures to extend the use of 186 CV9030 tracked vehicles in four different configurations, as well as other comprehensive services, such as the establishment of a material competence center.
The program will begin with the production of two series samples in Sweden and the subsequent production of five pilot series vehicles at RUAG in Thun. After successful testing, the entire fleet will be converted at RUAG, which is expected to continue until 2025.
The 186 vehicles will not only be converted and maintained in RUAG’s material competence center, but will also be further developed. RUAG also develops and produces the Auxiliary Power Unit, which is integrated into the tank.
BAE Systems Hägglunds, the Swedish division of the British defense company BAE Systems, is the original manufacturer of the CV90 and a direct contractual partner of armasuisse.
Switzerland is one of seven European users operating the CV90. The other six are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. There are close to 1,300 vehicles in service across variants.