BAE Systems has completed the first full rate production delivery of the CV90 Mjölner Mortar System to the Swedish FMV (Defence Materiel Administration), introducing a new capability to the fleet of CV90s by adding indirect firepower. 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.
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 operator needs.
With a name derived mythically from the mythical Hammer of Thor, the CV90 Mjölner consists of a mounted mortar system for mechanised battalions to increase indirect fire support. Developed and produced by BAE Systems Hägglunds, the turret system can add indirect fire capability to any suitable wheeled or tracked vehicle.
“Mjölner is a step-change solution on the battlefield – a turret system that is easy to train, simple to use, and highly effective,” commented 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 programme schedule.”
Mjölner’s robust 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 of distances through a full 60° frontal engagement arc without the complexity and cost of powered turret rotation, and with an effective elevating range of 45-83°.
“We are very pleased with the progress of the CV90 programme to date, and we are meeting the key milestones for fielding on time, quality and budget,” added Brig-Gen Mikael Frisell, Director Land Systems at 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 the FMV 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.