The first Patria 6×6 pre-series vehicle will be seen at the parade of the Finnish Defence Forces’ Flag Day parade. The National Parade will be held on June 4, 2022, in Helsinki. In January, the Finnish Defense Forces ordered three pre-series vehicles as part of a joint 6×6 vehicle programme between Finland, Latvia, Sweden, and Patria. The pre-series vehicles will be in test use of the Finnish Defence Forces before the final serial order. Pre-series vehicles will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces during June. The serial production of the Finland’s vehicles is scheduled to be started in 2023.
The joint 6×6 programme is progressing on schedule and is also attracting interest from potential new participating countries. Sweden has officially joined the programme after signing Research and Development Agreement on 1st of June 2022. In Latvia, several vehicles are already in use by the army and serial production is progressing as planned. The Latvian National Armed Forces have participated in international military exercises with Patria 6×6 vehicles, most recently the Arrow 2022 exercise held in Finland. The Finnish Ministry of Defence and Patria have signed a letter of intent on ordering 160 new personnel carrier vehicles for Finland in 2023.
In April this year, Sweden signed a technical agreement with Estonia, Finland, and Latvia to jointly develop a new Common Armored Vehicle System (CAVS) based on Patria’s new 6×6 chassis. The agreement signing follows after the country announced its intention to join the Finnish-led multinational programme in December last year. The CAVS programme began as a multinational cooperation between Latvia, Estonia and Finland in 2019. It moved to the R&D phase with Latvia in 2020. Patria is serving as the industrial partner for the development of the product. The CAVS programme, initiated to improve the mobility of ground forces, is also open for more nations to join.
The Patria 6×6 Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) 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 to train. Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, pilot training and technology solutions.