Released on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Patria's AMV vehicle selected for United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates' Armed Forces have ordered Patria AMV 8x8 armoured wheeled vehicles.
"We are most contented that Patria AMV has now been chosen by the UAE Armed Forces. This is a significant breakthrough for Patria in entering again a new market. We see the Arabian Peninsula as one of our focus areas in the near future", states Mr Jorma Wiitakorpi, President and CEO of Patria.
Patria AMV 8x8 - with well over 1200 vehicles contracted and some 200 already delivered - is the choice of the Polish, Finnish, Slovenian, South African, Croatian and now also United Arab Emirates' armies. Patria AMV is currently in serial production in three countries � Finland, Poland and Slovenia - and production will be starting soon in Croatia and South Africa.
Being fully NATO compatible, Patria AMV offers effective protection, increased mobility, modularity and combat proven performance. The vehicle is very easy to operate and maintain. Patria AMV is one of the few wheeled vehicles in the world capable of carrying also heavy weapon systems, like the 105 mm cannon or the 120 mm mortar turrets without reducing the mobility of the vehicle.
Patria AMV is the only vehicle in its kind to have passed the demanding ARMSCOR mine tests in South Africa. The AMVs (Rosomaks in Polish) are currently in active use in the mission in Afganistan by Poland. The experiences have been very positive and shown that Patria AMV vehicles deliver what they promise: excellent mobility, protection and performance.
Patria AMV is tested successfully in most demanding conditions in several countries among others in Finland, US, Brazil, South Africa, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Slovenia, Malaysia and Croatia with outstanding results.
Patria is a defence and aerospace group with international operations delivering its customers competitive solutions based on own specialist know-how and partnerships. Patria is owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V.
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ARMSCOR - Armaments Corporation
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
EADS - European Aeronautic Defence and Space
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
UAE - United Arab Emirates