As far as arms contracts are concerned, the arguments used to choose equipment, which is more important for imports, are most often vague, not to say opaque. In this area, the competition organized by the Slovak authorities with a view to upgrading or replacing its fleet of BVP-1/2 infantry fighting vehicles inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, has been of unprecedented clarity. , offering an objective view of the options considered as well as the characteristics of the armored vehicles selected, both in the operational field and from a budgetary and industrial point of view. At the end of this particularly precise and documented process, the CV90 MK IV in its CV9030 configuration armed with a 30mm Bushmaster II cannon, obtained a score of 99,67%, outclassing the ASCOD proposed by Great Britain and Spain, the KF41 Lynx proposed by the German Rheinmetall in partnership with Hungary, the Polish Borsuk and the other CV90 in the CV9035 version armed with a 35 mm Bushmaster III cannon proposed by Sweden and Great Britain.
To modernize its fleet of infantry combat vehicles, the Slovak authorities considered 4 options, ranging from the inexpensive but inefficient recapitalization of the potential of its BVP-2 (local designation of the BMP-2), to the direct acquisition on shelf of imported armored vehicles, passing through the modernization of the BVP-2 and, solution retained, the local construction of an imported model. Faced with the inability of the BVP-2, even deeply modernized, to meet the requirements of the Slovak operational contract in terms of protection (Stanag 5 against shells and missiles, Stanag 3 against mines), hypotheses of this type were quickly discarded. , while the off-the-shelf acquisition hypothesis did not present a satisfactory budgetary and industrial return. Quickly, the hypothesis of a local construction of an imported model emerged, for which Bratislava sent a request for information to the 4 builders mentioned above.
The Slovak specifications were, in this, particularly clear and ambitious, so as to provide an objective and clear analysis grid. Thus, the new VCIs, in addition to the protection requirements already mentioned, had to be able to destroy an enemy armored vehicle protected by armor equivalent to the Stanag 5 at 500m using its on-board gun, to destroy heavy tanks at 2000 meters (this implying the presence of anti-tank missiles, the Eurospike LR2 having been selected), to have modern means of communication compatible with NATO, crossing capabilities and mobility adapted to an engagement in central Europe in all terrain, to be able to operate in an NBCR contaminated environment, and have an active protection system to ensure the survivability of the armored vehicle. In addition, taking into account local manufacturing, the tank should not exceed the unit price of 1,738,931,000 €.
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