Dutch Secretary of State Jack de Vries was really impressed of the brand-new CV90 during the test ride on the Bernhard casern in Amersfoort/ The Netherlands. After the successful test, the new infantry fighting vehicle has been officially deployed within the national Armed Forces. The director of The Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Lex Hendrichs, formally handed over the first five vehicles to the commander of the Landstrijdkrachten, Lieutenant General Rob Bertholee. Designed by Hägglunds/Bofors and currently produced by BAE Systems Hägglunds, the CV90 will be used in conjunction with the Fennek reconnaissance and the Boxer heavy armored vehicle and thus replace the agging YPR.Armed with the 35 mm Bushmaster III cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun, the fighting vehicle have a huge fire strength, a top speed of 70 km/h, an operational radius of action of 600 kilometres, and offer much protection to the soldiers. Additionally, the Dutch CV90 will be equipped with a 7.62 mm machine-gun as well as grenade and smoke launchers."This new vehicle will help the Royal Army to be equipped optimally for its tasks in the complete spectrum of operational action; from humanitarian emergency missions to commitment at large-scale conflict," a a MOD spokesman said. "Thanks to its heavy gun and protection level the CV90 allows the Dutch Army to operate also under the heaviest fighting circumstances," he added. In sum the infantry fighting vehicle offers place to 10 persons, 3 crew members and 7 entirely equipped infantrymen. The Netherlands is buying 192 of the vehicles. Of those, eight are set aside for training, a MOD spokesman said. Earlier versions of the CV90 are already in use within the Armed Forces of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Switzerland.
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