Sweden to join Finnish-led Patria CAVS Common Armored Vehicle System programme


Sweden has officially announced its desire to join the Finnish-led CAVS programme (Common Armoured Vehicle System), which is also open to other countries with the mutual consent of the participating countries.
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Patria 6X6 is a successor to the Pasi Armoured Personnel Carrier and complements the vehicle fleets of customers of the legendary Patria AMV 8X8. Patria 6X6 is a multipurpose transport vehicle. The chassis structure is based on the same components as the AMV but with one axle less. (Picture source: Patria)


The programme began in 2019 as multinational cooperation between Finland, Latvia, and Estonia. The programme progressed to the research and product development phase with Latvia in autumn 2020. Latvia was first to order more than 200 armored personnel carriers in August 2021, of which Patria delivered the first vehicles to Latvia at the end of October. In turn, the Finnish Ministry of Defense and Patria have signed a letter of intent on ordering 160 new personnel carrier vehicles for Finland in 2023.

"This milestone is significant for the whole programme. Extensive cooperation and network between countries will improve the mobility, cost-effectiveness, cooperation capabilities, and maintenance capacity of the participating countries. In addition, the result of this programme is a very cost-effective solution for participating countries," says Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria's Land Business Unit.

The Patria 6x6 combines all the proven features of Patria XA and AMV vehicles. It is simplified, reliable and designed to meet the highest requirements of customers. Its capable off-road mobility is guaranteed by an efficient power unit and the independent suspension familiar from Patria AMV vehicle. Due to the spacious interior and well-defined functions, the vehicle is easy to operate and train.

Patria 6X6 is a successor to the Pasi Armoured Personnel Carrier and complements the vehicle fleets of customers of the legendary Patria AMV 8X8. Patria 6X6 is a multipurpose transport vehicle. The chassis structure is based on the same components as the AMV but with one axle less.

The vehicle is driven by all three axles and steered from the front two, or all three, depending on its equipage. Optional equipage can be added to bring the 6X6 closer to the AMV. For example, various ballistic and mine protection levels, weapon systems, self-protection systems and other interior equipment are available. Patria 6X6 can be equipped with a variety of weapon systems and, if required, the Patria Nemo 120mm mortar system. The 6X6 has a maximum load-bearing capacity of 8.5 tonnes.

The protection of the armored 6X6 reaches STANAG level 4, which means protection against even heavy machine gunfire. Due to the 6x6’s good load carrying capacity, it has better protection than previous Pasi APCs. Its mine protection is top-notch, even at the basic level, but up to 10 kilos of mine protection can be achieved. Boarding and leaving the 6X6 is easy. In addition to the crew of 2-3 persons, the vehicle has seats for ten combat troops, depending on its purpose and layout. The driver can easily adapt to the controls in the 6X6 truck-like cab.

The vehicle is designed as a simple and cost-effective truck-like solution. In terms of durability, it will continue along the trail pioneered by its predecessor, the Pasi. The 6X6 is also a clearly unified concept in terms of its manufacturing technology. If necessary, the final assembly and equipage can easily be completed by a partner in the destination country. The 6X6 meets NATO standards and is ideally suited to e.g. peacekeeping missions anywhere in the world. The vehicle’s life cycle support is an integral part of the Patria 6X6.

“There has long been demand on the market for a successor to the Pasi Armoured Personnel Carrier, which has been in production since the 80s. The new 6X6 brings the basic principles behind its predecessor into the present day, with its multifunctional transport capacity and modularity that adapts easily to the customer's needs”, says Janne Räkköläinen, Vice President, Vehicle Systems, Patria’s Land business unit.

Simplicity, modularity and ease of use are the keywords of this new vehicle at which you can add: mobility, survivability, and affordability.


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Patria 6X6 was unveiled at Eurosatory 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)


 

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