Patria and CSM to cooperate on 8×8 APC for Slovakian army

Patria and the Slovak engineering company CSM Industry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding related to the tender for the supply of 8x8 armoured fighting vehicles. The agreement includes cooperation in the supply and sale of 8x8 armoured vehicles.
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Patria 8x8 displayed at IDEB 2021 in Bratislava (Picture source: Patria)

Jussi Järvinen, President of Land business unit at Patria, said: “We would like to contribute to the development of the engineering and defense industry in Slovakia, which has a long tradition in this country. It is also important to look for common opportunities and contribute to the development of this segment in Slovakia with our experience and innovations. By developing the manufacturing network in Slovakia for the 8x8 vehicle project, Patria will create new jobs in the Slovak industry",

Tomáš Maroš, CEO of CSM Industry, replied: “CSM has represented the traditional Slovak engineering industry since 1967, and the partnership with Patria brings a combination of traditional values and new technology advancement from Finland. We are happy to start a new journey together which means new opportunities for the region with high unemployment and skill development for future generations", says

Both parties believe that the cooperation in the 8x8 project will also open up partnership opportunities for other projects and enable the acquisition of the skilled workforce, to gain experience and further development of both companies.

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From Left to right: Tomáš Maroš, CEO CSM Industry, Jussi Järvinen, President Land business unit Patria, Petri M. Jokinen, Vice President Land business unit Patria (Picture source: Patria/CSM)