Germany and Sweden take next steps in CAVS Common Armoured Vehicle System programme

Germany has taken the next contractual step within the multinational Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) programme today after signing the Statement of Intent in June 2022. Germany has now officially joined the programme by signing the Technical Arrangement. Sweden joined the programme in 2022 and proceeds now by joining the Framework Agreement as the next stage of preparation for the serial procurement phase.
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The Patria 6x6 vehicle was chosen as the vehicle platform for the CAVS programme (Picture source: Patria)

CAVS, originally established by Finland and Latvia, is a joint programme of multiple governments to introduce a state-of-the-art new armoured vehicle system. Within the programme, the Patria 6x6 vehicle was chosen as the vehicle platform after the evaluation of available solutions.

“We gladly welcome Germany into the CAVS programme and thank Sweden for taking the next step towards the serial procurement phase. The programme provides all member nations the possibility to purchase cost-effective state-of-the-art and modular armoured vehicles developed within unprecedented multi-national cooperation. Adding yet another country to the programme will improve the mobility and security of supply among all participating nations,” asserts Jukka Holkeri, Executive Vice President of Patria.

Patria 6x6 chosen as CAVS vehicle platform

Patria 6x6 vehicle is built on the heritage of Patria’s iconic armoured wheeled vehicles that have been used in various peacekeeping and crisis management missions and transporting soldiers around the world through several decades. Patria 6x6 is modular and high-performance, but at the same time simple, robust and affordable to provide this tactical capability in larger fleet quantities. It provides modern protection and high mobility. Patria 6x6’s modular design allows a wide variety of specific configurations for diverse missions. Patria 6x6 is a perfect choice for any troop transportation and combat support roles.

STANAG level 2 ballistic and mine protection is an optimized solution for protected troop transport and combat support roles. High payload capability ensures that there is enough payload even for optional enhanced STANAG level 4 ballistic and mine protection on various vehicle variants.

Robust and fully independent suspension, which is similar to Patria AMV XP, together with a high-performance drive line, ensures unforeseen mobility and crew comfort in the 6x6 category. Patria 6x6 carries up to 10 soldiers in the rear plus a crew of two (driver and commander) in the front cabin; all their equipment is hosted inside the protected hull, based on a 72-hour mission requirement. The vehicle has mobility-optimised continuous all-wheel drive and steering by front two axles. Amphibious capability for water crossing and amphibious landing operations is available as an option.

Patria 6x6 is primarily designed for troop transport roles (APC) but is suitable to be configured for other combat support roles as well, such as Company Command vehicle, Medical Evacuation vehicle, Heavy APC and finally, the 120 mm Patria Nemo mortar system.

Defense News April 2023