The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) has taken delivery of the first 6×6 protected multi-purpose vehicle (PMPV) from Protolab.

The Finnish company was awarded a contract last year to supply four PMPV vehicles. The effort is part of a wider modernisation programme to upgrade and enhance the armoured vehicle fleet of the Armed Forces of Finland.

PMPV vehicles are currently undergoing operational testing in field conditions. The trials will allow the FDF to assess the performance of the Protolab vehicles.

Positioned as a highly manoeuvrable and agile vehicle, the Protolab PMPV is designed to perform mission roles such as patrol, transport, and command post.

The 6×6 armoured personnel carrier is also available in amphibious and medical evacuation variants.

Protolab developed the vehicle to cater to the mobility, protection and communication needs of special operations forces and paramilitary security forces.

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The PMPV features integrated high-level mine and ballistic protection to offer blast protection levels of STANAG 4569. It also supports integration with weapon systems.

Protolab Business Development director Juha Moisio said: “We designed the Protolab PMPV 6×6 to meet the requirements of today’s soldier and today’s asymmetric battlefield.

“With a design approach based around the use of COTS parts with a small proportion of custom-made components, the Protolab PMPV is a cost-effective solution for the range of tasks faced by special operations, security and crisis management forces in the field.

“We designed the Protolab PMPV 6×6 to meet the requirements of today’s soldier and asymmetric battlefield.”

“We are pleased to see the vehicle progressing well through field trials with the FDF and are getting positive feedback from the customer. We are confident that the Protolab PMPV will become the vehicle of choice for customers looking to replace their existing 6×6 vehicle fleets with a modern, protected and flexible solution.”

The 2.55m-wide carrier will have the capacity to accommodate two crew and ten fully equipped troops, or up to 10,000kg cargo payload both on and off-road conditions.

The narrow body of the PMPV will allow it to perform urban operations.