30 Nov 2017

Czech optical specialist sets sights on BAE Systems’ CV90

Meopta, the Czech optical specialist, will lend its line-of-sight expertise to BAE Systems in support of the CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

Meopta’s appointment forms part of a newly penned Memorandum of Understanding signed at NATO Days 2017 in Ostrava, the Czech Republic. Up for discussion was the potential for local production of key components in the CV90’s fire control system, of which Meopta and Saab are subcontractors.

Manufactured by Saab in partnership with Meopta, the Universal Tank and Anti-Aircraft Fire Control System (UTAAS) is built specifically for the combat-proven CV90. Currently, there are more than 1,200 CV90s in operation across seven nations: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

BAE Systems has positioned the CV90 as the perfect replacement for the Czech Army’s fleet of BMP II IFVs, and has joined forces with Czech industry to strengthen the offer while promoting local investment and job creation.

Meopta now joins a team consisting of numerous Czech companies – among them VOP CZ and Ray Service – all of which builds upon BAE Systems’ relationship with the Czech Republic.

“BAE Systems is committed to offering the Czech Army a modern, adaptable combat vehicle with cutting edge technologies,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, General Manager of BAE Systems’ Hägglunds business. “As we continue to pursue the BMP II replacement program, we are pleased to see one of our key suppliers expand their own range of services in support of one of the nation’s most important defence programs.”

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