Collaboration Produces Results
(Source: Swedish defence matériel agency, FMV; issued Feb 01, 2019)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
Sweden has taken delivery of four pre-production armored mortar vehicles – the Grkpbv90 combines a CV90 armoured vehicle with BAE Systems' Mjölner (hammer of Thor) turreted twin 120 mm smoothbore gun system. (FMV photo)
In two years, the Granatkastaranscarband 90 program has gone from contract to delivery. FMV's Director General, Göran Mårtensson, says he was impressed when he received the first four vehicles.
Just before Christmas 2016, FMV signed an agreement with HB Development for the delivery of 40 armored mortar vehicles. When supplier HB Utveckling AB, a joint venture between BAE Systems Bofors AB and BAE Systems Hägglunds AB, today rolled out the first four prototype vehicles, FMV's Director General Göran Mårtensson noted that much can be achieved when you have a good cooperation.
“Going from contract to delivery in two years is impressive. It shows a very good cooperation between us at FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces and the industry.”
The first four vehicles are pre-production units that will be used for training, methodology tests and validation trials. The first regular production vehicles will then be delivered in August, and the others will follow until final delivery in 2020.
“It will be a supplement that will increase the operational effect of the mechanized battalions,” says Göran Mårtensson.
The project manager at FMV, Lars Taraldsson, and his counterpart at the industry, Ulrika Berg, together with their respective project groups and representatives from the Swedish Armed Forces, piloted the project until the handover of the pre-production vehicles.
The Granatkastaranscarband 90 (armored grenade launcher vehicle 90, or Grkpbv90) is to act as a battalion’s organic artillery and is based on Combat Vehicle 90 chassis.
In terms of performance, Grkpbv90 will meet the current criteria when it comes to firing rate, and they will be considerably faster to group and move, as all the equipment and personnel are inside the vehicle, together with their own navigation system, POS2.
This means that platoons with Grkpbv90 will have increased ability to support the armor units by being faster at grouping, shooting and regrouping. A platoon with towed mortars moves in ten minutes, while the Grkpbv90 can do it two minutes, and is also ready to move one minute after having fired the last round.
-- Feb 06, 2019 at 15:00 CET: Corrected an error in the headline and photo caption to reflect that the turret is armed with a BAE Mjölner twin 120mm mortar.