Protolab PMPV in further amphibious testing in Finland with excellent results.
Protolab PMPV in further amphibious testing in Finland with excellent results.

Protolab PMPV 6×6 MiSu MRAP Conducts Successfully Amphibious Trials in Finland

The Finnish defense company Protolab Oy release photo about the PMPV 6×6 MiSu MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle has performed amphibious trials with excellent results. The first version was produced in 2015 and test production began in 2017. It was designed to operate with ease of use, simple structure and low-cost maintenance. The basic appearance and configuration of PMPV Misu is similar to most wheeled MRAPs. The PMPV 6×6 MiSu MRAP is fully amphibious. The PMPV MiSu is designed for the Finnish Defence Forces as a possible replacement for its XA-180-series vehicles.

The vehicle’s nickname “MiSu” is derived from the Finnish name “miinasuojattu” (transl. mine-protected) and “PVMP” stands for “Protected Multi-Purpose Vehicle”. The main superstructure is mainly manufactured from 6 to 12 mm of armour steel enhanced with Exote liner and the bottom is mine strengthened, the front windows are bullet-resistant. The vehicle has continuous six wheel drive and good capabilities for off-road driving. It can take inclines up to a maximum of 60%. The PMPV MiSu series has no standard armament, but can be equipped with a rotating turret-structure for installation of light/heavy machine guns or autocannons.

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Protolab PMPV in further amphibious testing in Finland with excellent results.
Protolab PMPV in further amphibious testing in Finland with excellent results. (Photo Protolab)

The Protolab PMPV is exceptionally manoeuvrable and agile and can perform a range of mission roles including patrol, passenger and cargo transport, and command post. Amphibious and MEDIVAC variants are also available. The Protolab PMPV is a first of its kind 6×6 armoured personnel carrier developed to meet the mobility, protection and communication requirements of Special Operations Forces and paramilitary security forces. The PMPV is designed from the ground up with integrated high level mine protection and ballistic protection according to customer-specified blast protection levels of STANAG 4569. The vehicle can be equipped with various customer required weapon systems.

The vehicle can carry two crew and ten fully-equipped troops, or a cargo payload of up to 10,000kg. Narrower than standard fighting vehicles, the vehicle’s 2.55m width makes it suitable for urban operations, with advanced mobility both on and off-road. Powered by a Cummins 6.7l multifuel engine and meeting Euro 3 emission levels, the vehicle meets EU truck road regulations qualifying it for registration as a N3G class truck (off-road). These design features make it an ideal fit for the challenges being faced by modern armies. The Protolab PMPV is a cost-effective solution for the range of tasks faced by special operations, security and crisis management forces in the field.

Protolab PMPV in further amphibious testing in Finland with excellent results.
Protolab PMPV in further amphibious testing in Finland with excellent results.(Photo Protolab)
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