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Prototype light tank


The CV90105 was jointly developed by BAE Systems Hagglunds and CMI Defence

Entered service ?
Crew ~ 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 25 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 8.9 m
Hull length ~ 6.6 m
Width ~ 3.2 m
Height ~ 2.4 m
Main gun 105-mm
ATGW Falarick
Machine guns ?
Elevation range - 10 to + 42 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Engine Scania DI16 diesel
Engine power 670 hp (?)
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2.4 m
Fording 1.5 m


   The CV90105 light tank was first publicly revealed in 2014. It was jointly developed by CMI Defence and BAE Systems Hagglunds.

   The new CV90105 light tank is based on a modified chassis of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle. This chassis is in service with some countries and is combat proven. It is mated with a Cockerill XC-8 lightweight concept turret. This turret uses some technology of the proven Cockerill CT-CV 105HP turret.

   Actually it is not the first attempt to create a light tank on the CV90 chassis. There was a vehicle with a French GIAT TML 105 turret. The same turret was used on the French AMX-10RC. This version never reached production. There was also a CV90120 light tank. It was developed by BAE Systems as a private venture. Development of this tank was completed in 2001. However it received no commercial success as well. As of 2014 this tank received no production orders.

   This tank is fitted with a fully-stabilized 105-mm high-pressure low recoil gun. Turret has a bustle-mounted autoloader. The gun is compatible with all standard NATO 105-mm tank ammunition and newly developed smart ammunition. It provides crew commanders with a wide choice of ammunition to suit the tactical situation. The gun can be elevated to +42. This feature allows the vehicle to operate more efficiently in mountainous and urban terrain. Also this tank has an indirect HE capability with a range of up to 10 km.

   This vehicle is also compatible with Falarick anti-tank guided missiles. These missiles are launched in the same manner as ordinary rounds and provide strengthened anti-armor capability. Missiles have a range in excess of 5 km and can be used against heavy armor, helicopters and fortifications. The Falarick has a tandem warhead and penetrates over 550 mm behind ERA. Missile has a semi-automatic guidance by laser beam. It was specially designed by Ukrainian Luch Design Bureau to be launched from the Cockerill gun.

   The CV90105 light tank can fulfill many roles, such as direct infantry support, reconnaissance and operation behind enemy lines. However it can not engage modern main battle tanks efficiently. Unless ambushing them. Also CMI Defence proposes the same turret armed with a 120-mm gun, that has improved anti-armor capability.

   Modular armor of the CV90105 can be configured to various levels of protection. Add-on passive or explosive reactive armor can be fitted for a higher level of protection. It is speculated that front arc with add-on passive armor protects against 30-mm armor-piercing discarding sabot rounds. All-round protection is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing projectiles. Interior of the vehicle is lined with a spall liner.

   The CV90105 light tank is fitted with a high performance fire control system. It has day/night capability. Vehicle has an integrated battlefield management system, which ensure situational awareness.

   This light tank is powered by a Scania DI16 turbocharged diesel engine. Due to its lighter weight the CV90105 is more strategically and tactically mobile than main battle tanks. It does not require largest cargo aircraft in order to be airlifted. It can be carried by Airbus A400M or similar military cargo aircraft.








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