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Patria DSL and FFG Enters Into Cooperation for German CAVS Programme

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Patria DSL and FFG Enters Into Cooperation for German CAVS Programme

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Patria DSL and FFG Enters Into Cooperation for German CAVS Programme
Patria DSL and FFG Enters Into Cooperation for German CAVS Programme

Patria, DSL (part of KNDS group) and FFG are pleased to announce that they are teaming up to offer the German design, production, and sustainment of variants of Patria’s 6×6 armoured personnel carrier, which could replace the German FUCHS-fleet. Under the international Common Armoured Vehicles System (CAVS) programme Patria will be the prime contractor if Germany decides to procure Patria vehicles. Patria will lead the design and development of the system, while DSL in Freisen and FFG in their units in Flensburg (FFG) and Kirchen (JWT) will provide local engineering, production, and life-cycle support in Germany. Along with the now starting more detailed localization preparation, the team will engage also other German companies to the programme effort.

“This agreement establishes a powerful team ensuring a reliable and sustainable CAVS production in Germany. The main design of the Vehicle System comes from Patria; the lion’s share of the manufacturing is German. For FFG and JWT, this means that skilled jobs will be created in Germany, and German industry know-how, capacity and investments can be utilized and further developed in this programme as well as for the future In-Service Support. That is why we are very pleased to be part of this joint effort to provide Germany with the next generation 6×6 platform,” points out Jörg Kamper, CEO of Jungenthal Wehrtechnik and Member of the Board, FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH.

“We are pleased to start a unique partnership that will provide enormous added value for Germany. We offer to adapt for German needs a cost-effective, fully developed, off-the-shelf platform – the Patria 6×6 – that is already in production, fielded by NATO partner nations and will be produced locally in Germany to meet the high requirements and technical standards of the Bundeswehr,” comments Hugo Vanbockryck, Senior Vice President, Market Area Europe of Patria.

Patria 6×6 Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS)
Patria 6×6 Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS). (Photo by Patria)

Christoph Cords, CEO of DSL Defence Service Logistics GmbH, part of KNDS group, underlines the benefits of the industrial teaming: “The partnership between Patria, DSL and FFG combines the best of German and Finnish engineering and manufacturing expertise and has the potential to take the already very successful European CAVS programme to the next level. Multinational industry partnerships, such as the one we are announcing today, are the future.”

The Common Armoured Vehicles System (CAVS) programme, originally established by Finland and Latvia, and later joined by Sweden and Germany, is a joint programme of several European governments to create a state-of-the-art 6×6 armoured vehicle system. Germany officially joined the CAVS programme in April 2023. The joint programme is open to countries sharing similar requirements. The programme chose Patria 6×6 as the vehicle platform in 2019. Patria 6×6 is a modular, robust, and affordable vehicle platform for protected troop transport that offers high performance, modern protection, and unprecedented mobility.

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, technology solutions and pilot training. 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, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Spain. Patria employs over 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 Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.

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