As part of the joint 6×6 vehicle development programme, a demo tour was held in Latvia in May, where the Patria 6×6 vehicle was presented live to the Latvian Armed Forces and Minister of Defence. At the event, the Latvian Armed Forces tested the mobility, features, and capability of the vehicle under conditions that correspond to actual operations and usage of the vehicle. More than a hundred persons of the Latvian Armed Forces got chance test the vehicle, as well as test the vehicle’s loading capacity for special purposes. Also, the representatives of the Finnish Ministry of Defence and the Finnish Defence Forces attended the event.
“The Patria 6×6 vehicle received excellent feedback and we are pleased to have been able to present the vehicle concretely and prove our speech and promises of all its top features to be true. The vehicle has been proven to be very suitable for this joint programme and we are proud to be involved in it”, says Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land business unit.
The joint vehicle development program has aroused interest in other countries as well. “The program is open to other countries with the mutual consent of the participating countries. In general, this common vehicle system will improve the mobility, cost-effectiveness, interoperability, and security of supply of armies in the participating countries”, confirms Järvinen.
The demo tour culminated in the Industry Day, with the Latvian companies’ industrial network, which has an essential role in the vehicle programme. Security of supply, including local industry participation, is a natural part of Patria’s business model to enable a cost-effective supply chain which benefits all involved parties. Finland and Latvia have agreed on a joint collaborative development programme to improve the mobility of the army to which Patria 6×6 was chosen as a vehicle platform. The aim of this joint programme has been to develop a common armored wheeled vehicle system, including various versions and support system.
Currently, the programme is in the Research and Development (R&D) phase, which means engineering and development work, so that the basic vehicle platform, versions and the total system, including the support system, are to be developed further according to the specific needs of participating countries. At this phase, the vehicle has also been successfully tested with many different capability tests, including challenging winter conditions in Lapland, Latvian environment, and the overall usability of the vehicle.
Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, pilot training and technology solutions. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria’s mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations on land, sea and air. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Estonia and Spain. Patria employs 3,000 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Norwegian Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.