Finnish defence, security, and aviation lifecycle support services provider Patria has won Slovakia’s BOV 8×8 programme tender.
The Slovak government awarded the contract to the Finnish firm after evaluating the bids, as well as an assessment of the vehicle and weapon systems that was conducted last month.
As agreed, Patria will deliver Patria AMVXP 8×8 vehicles to the armed forces of Slovakia. The armoured wheeled vehicle is a new version of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV), capable of offering superior protection and mobility.
Patria Market Area Europe senior vice-president Hugo Vanbockryck said: “Patria is known for its successful technology transfer programmes, and is fully focused on the security of supply and long-term cooperation with Slovakia.
“The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic will get state-of-the-art, modular, high-performance, and robust armoured combat Patria AMVXP 8×8 vehicles, which have been used successfully [for] decades in different versions in several EU and Nato missions by many customers, from Nato and non-Nato countries.”
The BOV 8×8 programme is also expected to support the Slovak engineering and defence industry, as well as generate new direct and indirect jobs.
According to the Patria website, the Patria AMVXP vehicle is available with the highest level of modular ballistic protection, and other active defence systems.
The operator can integrate medium-calibre weapon systems onto the platform. It can feature direct-fire cannon systems up to 120mm, and a Patria Nemo 120mm turreted mortar system, as well as anti-tank or anti-aircraft missile systems.
The vehicle is available in three different models.
Earlier this year, Finland signed an agreement to purchase pre-series Patria 6×6 vehicles.