BAE Systems has completed the first full rate production delivery of the CV90 Mjölner Mortar System to Sweden.

The first four vehicles will be handed over to the Swedish Army in September following the recent delivery that met schedule, budget and quality requirements, say the firm.

“The CV90 Mjölner has now become the 16th variant in the family of combat proven CV90 vehicles, demonstrating the ability of the platform to cost effectively adapt to a large range of mission sets to meet the needs of our customers.”

Developed and produced by BAE Systems Hägglunds, the turret system can add indirect fire capability to any suitable wheeled or tracked vehicle. A full-scale version of the CV90 Mjölner is on show at DSEI 2019, with support from Swedish Army personnel.

“Mjölner is a step-change solution on the battlefield – a turret system that is easy to train, simple to use, and highly effective,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, General Manager for BAE Systems Hägglunds.

“Having the latest variant of the versatile CV90 on display at DSEI, with the support of our FMV customer, is proof of BAE Systems’ ability to deliver new technology milestones to a demanding program schedule.”

BAE say that Mjölner’s mechanical loading system can rapidly and reliably reload two smoothbore 120mm gun barrels on the vehicle in all combat conditions.

“Targets can be effectively engaged over a wide range distances through a full 60-degree frontal engagement arch without the complexity and cost of powered turret rotation, and with an effective elevating range of 45 to 83 degrees.”

“We are very pleased with the progress of the CV90 program to date, and we are meeting the key milestones for fielding on time, quality and budget,” added Mikael Frisell, Brigadier General/Director Land Systems at the FMV.

“This new variant is a powerful addition to our fleet of CV90s and also helps us prepare our brigades for the future by increasing the vehicles’ lifespan in support of Army capabilities.”

The Mjölner programme for the delivery of 40 vehicle-mounted mortar systems for the Swedish Army’s CV90s started in December 2016. The first four test vehicles were delivered to Sweden in February 2019 for training and validation; these vehicles are now certified for operational use.

Final delivery of the remaining vehicles will be completed during 2020, say BAE.

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Daniele Mandelli
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Why has the British Army never adopted 120mm?

BB85
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In short ££££££.
I believe they are considering it as an option they are considering on the boxer. I wonder what the difference in range is between Amos and Mjolner. The Amos system was something like $5mm for the turret which is why Sweden pulled out and produced a cheaper version.

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

Hope so, considering how toothless the Strike Brigades are in their current form.

James Fennell
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I’m not sure they will be that toothless. The US added a company of Strykers with 105mm guns to theirs, but they are not liked at all – basically a very tall and not very well protected vehicle with a 1960s gun that finds it hard to defeat modern tanks (a Javelin is a lot better) and is no better than a 30mm bushmaster or ATGW at killing APCs. And they have AH64s and 155mm spgs – as we do/will. What I hope they get is ground launched Brimstone and at least some 30-40mm cannon armed turreted variants of Boxer.… Read more »

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James Fennell

Its not just £ its also doctrinal, 120mm mortars are not that expensive, unless you want a turret mounted weapon like the Swedes have, but they are not very mobile – they either need a truck to tow them or a self-propelled platform (and the latter is expensive, so why not have an SPG instead?). I think the Brits have wanted their short-ranged fire support to be man portable – if you can’t carry it then you might as well call in artillery or an air strike as its not likely to be in the right place at the right… Read more »

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Finney

I don’t understand how a country like Sweden, with a relatively smaller defence budget, and relatively higher wage costs, can, at least on the face of things, produce a far higher percentage of defence equipment domestically than the UK. Armoured vehicles, artillery systems, several types of aircraft, missile systems, warships, submarines etc And most of it first-rate. Where are we going wrong? Why do BAE seemingly shut and run-down all of their UK facilities as soon as one contract nears completion? In the last 15-20 years we have lost the capability to produce (and presumably design), large calibre artillery pieces,… Read more »

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CV90 was a better base platform than warrior from the looks of things, especially with the 40mm stabilised bushmaster compared to a 30mm non stabilised 3 round rarden on the Warrior. It’s dominated export markets across Europe for the last 20 years which then funded its further development.
I also believe alvis owned haugland/boffers before they owned gkn or vickers its hard to keep track of all the companies. But think British armour manufacturing was already whiped out before BAE took over in 2002. Fres has been 20 years of complete incompetence from government planning.

Paul T
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Paul T

Finney – maybe its the case that Sweden in the Cold War had to take Defence very seriously, bearing in mind it was a neutral Country ,and it had to stand on its own two feet.And since the end of the Cold War and the re-emergence of the Russian threat it simply carries on making the right decisions using limited resources that historically it has always been conditioned to make.

Richyrich
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Richyrich

Some people say , Finney, So called liberal capitalism where companies are run primarily for short term profit rather than long term er functionality, is where we are going wrong. Its a fine philosophical question, Where does the money go ! Should it be reinvested or offshored , who can make those meta policy decisions ? It all sounds a bit bolshy or commie pushing against neoliberal economic thinking but we’d all like to see continuity and security in national military industries .

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James Fennell

I think Sweden is an exception, compared to similarly sized European nations such as the Netherlands, Sweden has always have a large defence industry. There are good reasons for that, WW2 armaments sales made Sweden rich – all those licensing agreements for Bofors guns – and a large military and sovereign defence industry was also the price of neutrality. That said Sweden has also reduced the number of platforms made as they have become more sophisticated and expensive, and CV90 is a rather old design, although its been updated – mostly because it was a successful export product – if… Read more »

John F. MacMichael
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John F. MacMichael

You have to give them points for a very cool name for the system (for those who slept through their Norse mythology class “Mjolner” was the name of Thor’s hammer).

Sean
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Sean

Presumably its future replacement will be called “Stormbreaker”… ?

Chris
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Chris

MK4 CV90 as a Warrior Replacement? Could use the Brimstone A/Armour version too. Or what do you guys think of the General Dynamics Griffin 3 with a 50mm auto cannon as a replacement? UK could join with US to have commonality. Only carries 6 dismounts but 5 vehicles could carry a platoon.

BB85
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BB85

The government seems to think the warrior will last until 2040 with this upgrade. If the Warrior is scrapped for whatever reason it would only make sense for them to replace with additional ajax and boxer vehicles.

Rokuth
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Rokuth

If I remember correctly, the Griffin 3 hull is actually based on the Ajax.

As for the CV90, it did compete in the trials that saw the Ajax coming out the winner. If there is going to be a Warrior it replacement, chances are that it may be an Ajax derivative. However, considering how the Boxer was chosen, I won’t hold my breath on that.

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It was a political decision, the trials were fres and consisted of wheeled vehicles, the boxer being the best or we would be buying the GD offering. The UK should have have joined the German puma ifv program. The Ajax is an ascod from the 1998′ program. if you turn a 25 ton vehicle into a 38+ ton vehicle it will never work as well as one designed to 35- 40 tons. The iveco panther command jeep didn’t perform well following the same light to heavy logic and is now being sold off !

BB85
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BB85

GD claim the Ajax has a 10% growth capacity. Every image I see of it has these huge boxes strapped to the side. Is it armour or storage? It just looks very oversized.
The Lynx really looks the business but it wasn’t around when the selection was made and I doubt looks are the most important category when making a decision.
Overall I think the French have made the best selections with the Jaguar scout vehicle being much lighter and faster than Ajax. Ajax is to slow, noisy and heavy to be a scout vehicle.

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DaveyB

As part of an armoured tracked brigade, the Ajax makes sense. As part of a strike brigade, it does not. The strike brigade is supposed to self-ferry to a conflict at speed. This makes perfect sense if your brigade is made up entirely of wheeled vehicles like Boxer etc. But if part of your team requires transporters how does it not slow down the reaction time and sped of getting to the conflict? The best option would be to fit a Ajax turret and systems to a Boxer, to turn it into a wheeled scout. The remaining Ajax hulls could… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

Davey, I totally agree, it is strange but some of the best vehciles for a strike brigade the Britsh Army had, got rid, and the company no longer exisits. Anyone remember Scorpion and its family, give that new armour concepts and a new engine and off you toddle, small, light, fast and hard hitting. But no lets reinvent the wheel.

James Fennell
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James Fennell

The Griffin is an Ajax derivative developed for the US Market, so we are already getting that. CV90 is not a new design, although its been steadily updated (Swedish version used a bofors L70, export a 30mm bushmaster) – Warrior 2 with a stabilised CTA 40mm, automatic loading and programmable munitions and a new fire control system and sensors will be just as good. Interestingly the Aussie’s have not down selected either Ajax or CV90 for their new IFV, but will choose one of two brand new designs – the South Korean AS41 Redback and German KF41 Lynx offerings. UK… Read more »