Sweden has asked to join the Finnish-led Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) programme, according to Patria. The programme, which began in 2019 as a multinational cooperation between Finland, Latvia and Estonia, is also open to other countries with the mutual consent of the participating countries.
In Autumn 2020, Patria says the CAVS programme progressed to the research and product development phase with Latvia .
Latvia ordered more than 200 armoured personnel carrier vehicles in August 2021. The first vehicles were delivered to Latvia by Patria at the end of October.
The Finnish Ministry of Defence also signed a letter of intent with Patria to order 160 new armoured personnel carriers for Finland in 2023.
“This milestone is significant for the whole programme,” said Jussi Järvinen, president of Patria’s Land Business Unit. “Extensive cooperation and network between countries will improve the mobility, cost-effectiveness, co-operation capabilities and maintenance capacity of the participating countries. In addition, the result of this programme is a very cost-effective solution for participating countries.”