The Finnish Defence Forces have placed two important materiel procurement
contracts worth around 168 million Euro ($210 million) with Patria. The first
contract covers bridging and breaching systems and the second one is for AMV 8x8
bridging and breaching systems order is valued at approximately 72 million Euro
with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2006 and will continue through 2008. Six
tracked bridging systems based on the Leopard 2 A4 main battle tank and nine
wheeled bridging systems using a modified Sisu off-road vehicle will be
delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces as well as tooling, training and
The first contract also includes six tracked breaching systems mounted on
Leopard 2 A4 main battle tank chassis. These systems will feature full-width
mine ploughs, combat dozers and line marking systems. Maintenance, logistics
support and documentation for the breaching systems will be provided under this
The second contract provides funding for the first batch of Patria's AMV 8x8
armored vehicle ordered by the Finnish Defence Force valued at 96 million Euro.
Finland had already ordered the AMV-AMOS mortar carrier variant with first
deliveries expected in 2006. Up to 62 AMVs will be delivered between 2006 and
2007. These vehicles will be integrated with a heavy machine gun turrets.
The AMV wheeled armored modular vehicle has already been ordered by Poland and
many other countries are evaluating and testing the type. Patria believes that
AMVs have a big export potential due it is a fourth generation vehicle already
on series production.
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