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Combat Vehicle 90 – CV90

Combat Vehicle 90 in LiberiaCombat Vehicle 90 in Liberia

Combat vehicles are available in a number of varieties around the world. Their most common task is to transport soldiers to the combat area while providing protection. Additionally, combat vehicles with high survivability and heavy armament can participate more actively in combat.

The Swedish CV90 (in Swedish Stridsfordon 90) is a family of tracked combat vehicles available in several variants, specially designed meet operational requirements for mobility and accessibility in northern Sweden's roadless forests and marshes. The most common variant in Sweden, the Strf 9040 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), is armed with a 40 mm autocannon in a turret that can be rotated 360 degrees. It can carry six to seven combat-equipped soldiers. The autocannon fires dart projectile rounds with armour-piercing capability.

In total, FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) has delivered 509 CV90 units to the Swedish Armed Forces between 1994 and 2000 and exported several variants to Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

The CV90 has been deployed on two international operations by the Swedish Armed Forces: Liberia in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2009. In 2016, a system upgrade programme was initiated, with the aim of extending the service life of the CV90 and upgrading the command and control system.


  • 1983 The Stridsfordon 90 project group is established by FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces and Hägglunds and Bofors (as they were known at that time).
  • 1985 Development of chassis and 40 mm cannon ordered. The idea of having one chassis unit for all variants was conceived.
  • 1991 First series order placed for the basic vehicle Strf 9040.
  • 1993 Series orders placed for Epbv 90, Lvkv 90, Stripbv 90 and Bgbv 90.
  • 1994 Delivery of first Strf 9040 to the Swedish Armed Forces.
  • 1998 Gyro Stabilisation of the cannon and "technology upgrade package" ordered.
  • 2000 Upgrade of International Service Vehicle Order.
  • 2002 Delivery of last Strf 9040B to the Armed Forces.
  • 2002 - 2003 Deliveries to the Swedish Armed Forces of 58 Strf 90 version C upgrades for deployment on international operations.
  • 2016 System upgrade programme initiated.

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  • Crew of 3 (driver, gunner and vehicle commander)
  • Weight 23.5 - 28.5 tons (Strf 9040A, Strf 9040C)
  • Length 6.55 - 7.0 m (Strf 9040A, Strf 9040C)
  • Width 3.17 - 3.38m (Strf 9040A, Strf 9040C)
  • Height 2.77 m
  • Max. Speed 70 km/h
  • Radius of Action 320 km
  • Engine Scania DSI14 Diesel 550 hp (404 kW)
  • Gearbox Perkins Automatic 4 + 2
  • Armament 40mm Autocannon L/70, 7.62 mm MG M/58C and Galix Smoke Grenades

Produced in five different variants for the Swedish Armed Forces:

  • Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Strf 9040
  • Forward Observation Vehicle EPBV 90
  • Combat Command and Control Vehicle Stripbv 90
  • Air Defence Vehicle Lvkv 90
  • Armoured Recovery Vehicle Bgbv 90