Latvian Armed Forces test Patria 6x6 vehicle platform
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Latvian Armed Forces test Patria 6×6 vehicle platform

01 Jun 2021 (Last Updated June 1st, 2021 12:34)

The Patria 6x6 live demo was attended by representatives of the Finnish Ministry of Defence and the Finnish Defence Forces.

Latvian Armed Forces test Patria 6×6 vehicle platform
Patria 6×6 vehicle. Credit: Patria.

The Latvian Armed Forces have tested Patria’s 6×6 vehicle during a live demo tour held as part of the joint development programme in Latvia.

During the demo tour, the vehicle’s mobility, features, and capability were tested under conditions equivalent to the platform’s actual operations and usage.

The company stated that over a hundred persons of the Latvian Armed Forces got a chance to test the vehicle and its loading capacity for special purposes in the latest demo tour.

Last October, Finland, Latvia and Patria signed a product development agreement.

Patria 6×6 was chosen as a vehicle platform for this joint collaborative development programme that aimed to build a common armoured wheeled vehicle system, including various versions and support system.

Patria Land business unit president Jussi Järvinen said: “The Patria 6×6 vehicle received excellent feedback and we are pleased to have been able to present the vehicle concretely and prove our speech and promises of all its top features to be true.

“The vehicle has been proven to be very suitable for this joint programme and we are proud to be involved in it.”

The event was attended by representatives of the Finnish Ministry of Defence and the Finnish Defence Forces.

Currently, the joint collaborative development programme is in the R&D phase.

Under this phase, the vehicle has been tested with many different capability tests, including challenging winter conditions in Lapland, Latvian environment, as well as the overall usability of the vehicle.

Järvinen added: “The joint vehicle development programme has aroused interest in other countries as well. The programme is open to other countries with the mutual consent of the participating countries.

“In general, this common vehicle system will improve the mobility, cost-effectiveness, interoperability, and security of supply of armies in the participating countries.”

In July last year, Patria demonstrated the remote beyond visual-line-of-sight operation of its AMV 8×8 vehicle under the 5G network.