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2021-10-01

Finland, Latvia Choose Patria to Join Forces for Joint 6x6 AV Programme

Finland and Latvia, together with Patria, recently signed a Frame Agreement for a production phase management of the joint 6x6 armoured vehicle (AV) system. As part of the contract, the parties involved can exercise joint procurement management, achieving technical and economic benefits from the overall procurement scope of the programme.
 
Latvia and Patria signed a supply contract comprising over 200 pieces 6x6 armoured personnel carriers developed under the joint development programme, including their support and training systems.

The vehicle deliveries will take place between 2021 and 2029. Finland and Patria, in turn, signed a Letter of Intent on the forthcoming serial order of the country.
The joint programme is open to other countries with the mutual consent of the participating countries. This common vehicle system will improve the mobility, cost-effectiveness, interoperability, and security of the supply of armies in the participating countries.
 
“The serial production start of 6x6 vehicles is a significant milestone for us. We believe that this will certainly be of interest to other countries which are keen on enhancing their army mobility,” stated Esa Rautalinko, President and CEO of Patria.
 
“Patria 6x6 vehicle is our latest product combining excellent off-road mobility and ease of use. Long life cycle and efficient maintainability make it cost-efficient to operate. It adapts to several mission needs and provides high versatility to match future needs,” added Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land business unit.
 
Versatile Troop Carrier
The Patria 6x6 vehicle combines all the proven features of Patria XA and AMV vehicles. It is 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 the Patria AMV vehicle. Due to the spacious interior and well-defined functions, the vehicle is easy to operate and train. 
 
The versatile troop carrier provides users with good visibility and easy operation. It offers high tactical mobility and agile off-road mobility with a high degree of survivability. It can be adapted to various combat support roles by a specific version kit and equipped with various weapon systems. High payload capability ensures that there is enough payload for various vehicle variants and equipment with the protection level STANAG level 4 (optional).
 
The vehicle is modular, high-performance, but at the same time simple, robust, and affordable to provide this tactical capability in larger fleet quantities. Moreover, the vehicle’s modular design allows for a wide variety of specific configurations for diverse missions. A high level of protection, unique mobility and the latest technology bring Patria 6x6 to deliver state-of-the-art AMV capabilities to face the highest demands.
 
For instance, the Patria 6x6 HAPC (Heavy Armoured Personnel Carrier) variant is a combat-ready, modular high-performance troop transporter for modern infantry capable of providing effective fire support. It is equipped with enhanced situational awareness and C3I systems. Additionally, optional protection level 4 against ballistic threats, mine protection and a wide range of other modular options enable optimised fulfilment of requirements.
 
The 6x6 carries up to 10 dismounts plus a crew of two, driver and commander, in the front cabin, or 8-9 dismounts and a crew of three, driver, commander and gunner; all their equipment being hosted inside the protected hull, and equipment being based on a 72-hour mission requirement. The vehicle has mobility optimised with continuous all-wheel drive and steering by front two axles. Amphibious capability for water crossing and amphibious landing operations is available as an option.
 
The vehicle is equipped with Cockerill CLWS (Cockerill Light Weapon Station), which is a lightweight, modular, stabilised remote weapon system. CLWS offers significant firepower through a wide range of alternative weapons and calibres such as 25 mm, 30x113 mm, 12,7 mm, 7,62 mm coaxial machine gun, rockets, and anti-tank guided missiles. The turret has 140 rounds (25mm) of ammunition ready for firing and 200 rounds for the optional coaxial machine gun make it an ideal system for missions requiring high mobility.
 
Building Strong Local Partnerships
Patria’s life cycle services are provided together with local partners ensuring local industrial development and customer in-country readiness requirements. Customer proximity and local service delivery are ensured by Patria’s proven Strategic Partnership Concept that can be adapted to each country’s defence forces local requirements. The concept enables a trusted and close cooperation between industry and defence in peace, crisis and during war time. The concept is delivered to defence forces together with Patria’s local partners ensuring local industrial capability is created for the long term and making sure all country-specific readiness requirements are fulfilled. Some of these include:
 
Patria MUSCL – a passive radar system providing resilient, covert and easily deployable air surveillance in standalone mode as well as in networked mode using multiple MUSCL stations. The system provides affordable area and point surveillance for various applications such as military air surveillance, border control, critical infrastructure protection and drone detection.
 
Patria ARIS and Patria ARIS-E – remotely operable ELINT systems for interception, recording and analysis of modern and increasingly complex signal environment.
Patria CRAWLR – a cyber intelligence software product providing targeted and discrete information gathering from a wide range of sources, including websites, social media, and the dark web.
 
Patria CANDL – provides a single data link solution for communications requiring high reliability, such as UAS payload data and C2. It enables air-to-air and air-to-ground Ad Hoc Networking as well as relaying for BLOS capability, thus enabling capabilities such as MUMT (Manned Unmanned Teaming) and LVC (Live Virtual Constructive) training.
 
Patria SONAC DTS – an ASW Sonar system offering both active and passive modes of operation with two separate wet-end sub-systems, VDS and TAS, which can be used simultaneously. 
 
Patria SONAC ACS – acoustic mine sweep is specially designed for sweeping influence mines with advanced acoustic triggering. Its compact, lightweight size is designed for use with unmanned craft. 
 

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