Slovak AMVXP vehicles to receive EVPU TURRA weapon station
Patria announced today that it delivered a new version of AMVXP vehicle to Slovakia as a part of a joint Slovak-Finnish 8×8 vehicle development programme.
The Slovak and Finnish MoDs have agreed on a joint 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) development programme, and Patria has been selected to deliver a new prototype version of AMVXP 8×8 vehicle as part of the programme. The selected industrial partners are Konstrukta Defence (prime contractor), Patria Land Systems (vehicle) and EVPU (weapon system).
The IFV development programme includes a testing phase in Slovakia, and after the Slovakian test period the vehicle will be tested in Finland during this winter. Based on the results of this development programme and successful tests, Slovakia plans to procure up to 81 IFVs as part of their military modernisation programme to be delivered in 2018-2024.
“During this programme, we will develop together with EVPU a new version of an amphibious AMVXP integrated with TURRA weapon system fulfilling requirements of both Slovakian and Finnish Defence Forces,” Mika Kari, President of Land business unit in Patria, confirmed. “We have had continuous production in our manufacturing network since 2003, which creates capability to short lead time deliveries. We have also a solid and strong experience of technology transfer programs and localization of manufacturing of vehicles, which creates work and business opportunities in Slovakia, when the serial delivery program will take place.”