Potential Pathfinder Project for Better European Collaboration?
Estonia has decided to join the Finnish and Latvian vehicle development programme for sustained mobility enhancement, to which Patria is delivering the 6×6 vehicle platform, the Finnish company announced on 6 April.
The countries have now signed a joint technical arrangement agreement aimed at common armoured wheeled vehicle system development. “Estonia joining the development programme is great news and naturally we hope to see [the] Patria 6×6 in serial production. This means that the participating countries are to have [a] very cost-effective solution, which surely is of interest also to other countries keen on enhancing their army mobility. Though the current situation due to the corona epidemic is very exceptional, it is important that this programme will proceed as planned. We will build security of supply and set up a co-operation model to be prepared for crisis situations together with the local industry,” stated Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land business unit.
The programme is also open to other countries, with the mutual consent of Finland and Latvia. In the event development leads to future procurement, the common system will enhance mobility, cost-efficiency, interoperability and security of supply for the armies in both countries.
Patria launched its 6×6 vehicle at Eurosatory 2018. The vehicle combines the best features of the company’s XA and AMV vehicles. It is simplified, reliable and designed to fill the most demanding customer requirements. Its state-of-the-art terrain mobility is enabled by an efficient power unit and the independent suspension used in the AMV. The spacious cabin and well-defined functions make it easy to drive and user training simple. Reliability stems largely from the multitude of commercial components used in the vehicle. Commercial components, long life-span and easy maintenance make it extremely cost-efficient.