CV90 for CF?
Armoured Vehicles – Denmark's CV9035
– Afghanistan – November 2009
Danish Forces prepare their new CV9035 Infantry Fighting Vehicles
for deployment to Afghanistan –
Meanwhile, DND plans for the CCV
CASR Editor, Dianne DeMille, translates
a news release for Canadian citizens
The Auditor General's 2009 Fall Report reviewed the acquisition of military vehicles for use in Afghanistan. The
conclusion was that, in contrast with DND's "non-urgent acquisitions", the loaned German Leopard 2A6M tanks
"were procured and delivered quickly". The OAG report was less sanguine about DND's overall ability to accommodate
a new vehicle while following its own project approval guidelines and especially to ensure proper training
and parts supply.
Our European allies don't seem to experience such problems even when supplying smaller quantities of vehicles.
A case in point is the Danish approach to IFVs (their equivalent to DND's Close Combat Vehicle project ). After
a review, the Danes chose the Swedish CV90. This was not an
Urgent Operational Require- ment, merely a vehicle purchase. An order for 45 was placed in late 2005, with
final delivery in 2009. Meanwhile, 18 months familiarization training started for a 2010 Afghan
DND was offered a chance to lease CV90s ( for use in Afghanistan )
along with training
Danish preparations for their CV9035 IFVs (which they call
an IKK or infanterikampkøretøjs) began at the same time that DND was preparing for the CF
deployment to Kandahar. So, why is DND's CCV procurement plans stuck at the definition of requirements and
industry briefing stage? It's not for lack of
money (cash fire-hosed at CFB Trenton improvements alone could have fielded a decent-sized, interim
fleet of CF CCVs). Nor is it lack of opportunity. Sweden offered the Canadian Forces
familiarization training on their CV9040s, as well as a chance to lease CV9040Cs for CF use in
Afghanistan. Despite the urgency, DND planners muse about perfect solutions for future CCVs
– to be delivered after Canada's Afghan Mission is over.
For the contrast alone, it is worth watching the progress of our Northern European allies. The article
below describes Denmark's preparations for their CV90's deployment to Afghanistan. A few terms need explaining. This
vehicle is dubbed the CV9035 MkIII by its maker BAE Systems but, to the Danes, it is simply called the
IKK or Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The FMT mentioned in the article is the Forsvarets Materieltjeneste (or
Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization).
The original Forsvaret/FMT article Hovedeftersyn af IKK før udsendelse is translated below :
Main IKK 'check-up' before Deployment – Danish CV9035 IKKs Prepared for
Six weeks to prepare 10 infanterikampkøretøjs. That's the time that FMT personnel at
[ 30 km north of Copenhagen] have to make IKKs ready for their deployment to
Afghanistan. The goal is a thorough check of the total vehicle with complete refurbishing of the
[ Article first published as a news release on the Forsvaret website
– 03 November 2009 ]
"It's an out of this world logistic puzzle, and there will be 'ommere' [ do it again], when it's so rushed", said
Seniorsergent [OR-8] Jan Pedersen. As workshop supervisor, SSgt Pederson oversees the mechanics presently
repairing and replacing parts on the IKK. On average, HÝvelte workshop can ready two vehicles per week by working
overtime. In consequence, there little extra time should something be seriously wrong with a vehicle or the need
arise for unforeseen spare parts. Mechanics have been split into two groups. One team performs the drivetrain
check-up, the other team takes care of the check-up of the turret.
A Totally New Drivetrain [ Rigourous testing and
training is hard on the drivetrains ]
"The tracks become very battered, so that they have to be changed together with the drive
sprockets", SSgt Pedersen explains. The Oksbøl practice track [at the Hærens Kampskole/Army
Combat School] is very hard on the vehicle drivetrains. As a result, drive sprockets are very quickly worn out. When the
wear on a drive sprocket tooth reach the round mark [see circular mark in the photograph, at left), it is time for a
replacement drive sprocket to be installed.
The IKK engines are also to be pulled – a two-man, two-hour job, if the work goes according to plan.
After the engine pull, worn engine parts are replaced along with the fluids, filters, etc.
BAE CV9035 Mk III Infanterikampkøretøjs – A New Vehicle Type for
the Danish Army
"This IKK is an entirely new vehicle type for us, but our people have taken the task to heart, and have taken on a
form of 'owner ' relation to it", SSgt Pedersen says and continues "Even those who are not new to the job
must be totally up-to-date in order to be able to turn out the once-worn vehicles in as-new condition. For those
individuals, the technology is a challenge. The computerized, interactive repair manual has become a new tool in
line with the wrench."
This is the first time that IKKs have gone through a main check-up. Despite that, there have been no
hitches anywhere. "We have a goal and will reach it with extra effort", says Pedersen. And his mechanics support
SSgt Pedersen. In fact, those mechanics have been itching to get their hands on the IKKs: "I was on an IKK
course a year ago", reports mechanic Niels Larsen who continues "It is exciting to have new equipment to work on.
We must deliver something decent to the soldiers in the field. That is in our blood," Niels