Aerospace and defence company Patria has been selected to deliver bridge-laying equipment systems for the Finnish Defence Forces.
The Finnish Ministry of Defence has authorised the Defence Forces Logistics Command to sign an agreement with the company for the equipment systems.
Under the €28.6m deal, the Finnish Defence Forces will receive four new Leopard 2L bridge tanks integrated with the ability to handle Leguan bridges of different lengths.
As part of the project, Patria will be responsible for building the bridge-laying equipment systems on the Leopard 2A4 platforms previously procured by the country’s defence forces.
In addition, the company will deliver bridge-laying ability of different length bridges for the previous six Leopard 2L bridge tanks and nine SISU E15TP-L bridge vehicles purchased by the country.
Between 2004 and 2008, Patria carried out a bridge system project and provided the Finnish Defence Forces with six bridge-laying tanks and nine bridge-laying vehicles.
Authorisation will help increase the number of bridge tanks and upgrade the current equipment.
The project is expected to create about 55 total years of employment in Finland.
According to the company, deliveries of the new tanks and upgrade works of the previously purchased bridge-laying tanks and SISU E15TP-L vehicles are expected to take place between next year and 2021.