Estonia to join Finland and Latvia for development program of Patria 6x6 armored vehicle
Estonia has decided to join the Finnish and Latvian vehicle development program for sustained mobility enhancement to which Patria is delivering the 6x6 vehicle platform. The countries have now signed a joint technical arrangement agreement. The joint development program aims at common armored wheeled vehicle system.
Patria 6x6 vehicle combines all the best features of Patria's XA and AMV vehicles. (Picture source Patria)
"Estonia joining the development program is great news and naturally we hope to see Patria 6x6 in serial production. This means that the participating countries are to have very cost-effective solution, which surely is of interest alto to other countries keen on enhancing their army mobility. Though the current situation due to the corona epidemic is very exceptional, it is important that this program will proceed as planned. We will build security of supply and set up a co-operation model to be prepared for crisis situations together with the local industry", says Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria's Land business unit.
The program is also open for other countries by the mutual consent of Finland and Latvia. In case the development will lead to actual vehicle system procurements in the future, the common system will enhance mobility, cost-efficiency, interoperability and security of supply of the armies in both countries
Patria launched its 6x6 vehicle in Eurosatory event in 2018. Patria 6x6 vehicle combines all the best features of Patria's XA and AMV vehicles. It is simplified, reliable and designed to fill 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 AMV vehicle. Due to the spacious cabin and well-defined functions, it is easy to drive and user training simple. Reliability is underlined by the multitude of commercial components used in the vehicle. Commercial components, long life-span, and easy maintenance make the vehicle extremely cost-efficient. The vehicle platform will be developed in this development program according to the requirements of the countries.
The key areas in Patria's Land business unit include armored wheeled vehicles, mortar systems, and related life cycle support services. The business unit employs 230 people in Hämeenlinna and Tampere.