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Finnish defence and support services provider Patria has announced that Sweden is to join the Finnish-led multinational 6×6 common armoured vehicle system (CAVS) programme.

The company stated that an official announcement was made on 14 December.

The CAVS programme started in 2019, under a multinational cooperation between Finland, Latvia, and Estonia. Sweden now joins the three participating nations.

The programme advanced into the research and product development phase with Latvia during autumn last year.

In August this year, Latvia and Finnish firm Patria signed a supply contract that includes more than 200 units of 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APC). This contract also includes the delivery of related support and training systems.

The first vehicles were delivered to Latvia by Patria in October.

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The Finnish Ministry of Defence and Patria have also signed a letter of intent (LoI) to procure 160 new personnel carrier vehicles for Finland in 2023.

Patria Land Business Unit president Jussi Järvinen said: “This milestone is significant for the whole programme.

“Extensive cooperation and networking between countries will improve the mobility, cost-effectiveness, cooperation capabilities and maintenance capacity of the participating countries.

“In addition, the result of this programme is a very cost-effective solution for participating countries.”

The CAVS programme remains open for other countries to join.

In August, Patria and CSM Industry signed an MoU for the eight-wheeled armoured vehicle project.

This partnership covers the delivery and sale of the 8×8 armoured vehicles.