Finland and Latvia together with Patria, have signed a research and development (R&D) agreement for a common armoured vehicle system. This agreement is a next step in this collaborative programme after the countries last spring signed a joint technical arrangement (TA).
The purpose of the R&D agreement is to develop a common armoured vehicle system, based on the Patria 6x6 vehicle and developed to meet the common requirements of the countries. The agreement also allows for the development of other new vehicle variants and system features later on. The joint Finnish-Latvian research and development organisation will direct and supervise development work, in which Finland will act as the leading country.
Jussi Järvinen, president of Patria’s Land business unit said this unique multinational co-operation h is built on identified common benefits over the full lifetime of the system. “The participating countries will seek a very cost-effective solution that will certainly be of interest to other countries as well who are keen on enhancing their army mobility”, he stated.
Patria launched its 6x6 vehicle at Eurosatory in 2018. The Patria 6x6 combines all the proven features of Patria’s XA and AMV vehicles. It is designed to meet the highest requirements of customers. Its state-of-the-art terrain mobility is guaranteed by an efficient power unit and the independent suspension familiar from the Patria’s AMV vehicle. Reliability and low life cycle costs are underlined by the multitude of commercial components used in the vehicle.
The key areas of Patria’s Land business unit are armoured wheeled vehicles, mortar systems and related lifecycle support services. It employs 230 people in Hämeenlinna and Tampere.