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Patria 6×6 armoured wheeled vehicle is a new all-wheel drive combat vehicle developed by Finnish defence company Patria Land Systems. It is a successor to the Patria XA-series 6×6 Pasi armoured personnel carrier, which was introduced in the 1980s.
The Patria 6×6 combat vehicle was launched at the Eurosatory 2018 international defence and security exhibition held in June 2018.
It can be used for multiple missions, including transportation of troops and peacekeeping.
Patria 6×6 armoured wheeled vehicle design and features
The Patria 6×6 armoured vehicle features a truck-like chassis structure and retains components of its predecessor Patria AMV (armoured modular vehicle). The NATO-compatible vehicle can be customised.
It has a length of 7.5m, height over hull of 2.5m, and width of 2.9m. The maximum combat weight and payload capacities of the vehicle are 24t and 8.5t respectively.
The Patria 6×6 vehicle can accommodate up to three crew members and up to ten combat troops. The crew are seated in the front section of the hull, while the troop seats are positioned in the fully enclosed troop compartment at the rear.
The vehicle is outfitted with high-performance LED-light technology.
The Patria 6×6 combat vehicle can be armed with a variety of weapon systems including a 7.62mm machine gun, 105mm/120mm cannon, and 120mm Patria Nemo turreted, single-barrelled, remote-controlled mortar system.
The 7.62mm machine gun is pintle-mounted on the roof of the troop compartment to engage armoured vehicles and low-flying air targets, while the 105mm/120mm cannon is effective against light armoured targets.
The Nemo mortar system has both direct and indirect fire capabilities and provides a high rate of fire against ballistic, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) threats up to 10km. The mortar’s maximum rate of fire is ten rounds a minute.
The vehicle can be optionally armed with a 0.50 M2 HB heavy machine gun installed on a roof-mounted protected weapon station.
Self-protection capabilities of Patria 6×6
The modular ballistic protection system of the Patria 6×6 vehicle offers STANAG level 2 standard ballistic protection for the occupants. The vehicle can be integrated with STANAG level 4 threat level protection kit for protection against heavy machine gun fire.
The armoured chassis of the vehicle also offers blast protection against mines and IEDs up to 10kg of TNT.
Engine and mobility
The Patria 6×6 armoured wheeled vehicle is powered by a five-cylinder, inline, turbocharged diesel engine, which develops a power output of 294kW and a torque of 1,870Nm. The engine is coupled to an automatic transmission system with seven forward and two reverse gears.
The vehicle is equipped with a fully independent double wishbone suspension system, as well as coil spring suspension with optional hydropneumatic hydrostrut shock absorbers.
The driveline components include pneumatically controlled compressed-air hydraulic disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Driven by all three axles, the vehicle uses hydraulically assisted mechanical steering. It can be optionally equipped with central tyre inflation system (CTIS).
Performance of Patria 6×6 armoured vehicle
The power-plant provides a maximum road speed of approximately 100km/h and a maximum range of 700km.
The Patria 6×6 armoured wheeled vehicle can address side slopes of 30% and gradient of 60%. It can negotiate obstacles of 0.6m and trenches of 1m, and can ford a maximum depth of 1.5m. The vehicle can be optionally equipped with amphibious capability.
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