From left to right; President and CEO of Patria Esa Rautalinko, Prime Minister of Finland Petteri Orpo, Prime Minister of Latvia Evika Silina, Minister of Defence of Latvia, Andris Sprūds,Chairman of the Valmiera Municipality Council Jānis Baiks

Today, on Friday 24 May, 2024, Patria has opened a new armoured vehicle production facility in Valmiera, Latvia. This marks the start of full-cycle production of Patria 6x6 armoured vehicles in Latvia, the first and so far, the only one in the Baltics.  

“Patria has more than four decades of experience in developing and delivering state-of-the-art protected vehicles for troop transportation and system integration. Patria’s success in its market-leading armoured vehicles and related programmes, in which the unique, joint Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) programme plays the key role, drives the opening of this new facility in Latvia,” says Esa Rautalinko, President and CEO of Patria. “We at Patria are proud about the close collaboration with Latvia and Latvian National Armed Forces. As in the case of Latvia, vast majority of supply of the vehicles is conducted by utilising the CAVS member nations’ local industry capabilities. Every new nation is inherently reinforcing the security of supply for the whole collaboration system.”

Defence Partnership Latvia, a Patria majority-owned joint venture with a local Latvian partner Unitruck, manages Patria’s Latvian production operations and the facility. Latvian Ministry of Defence ordered in 2021 more than 200 Patria 6x6 armoured vehicles for delivery by 2029. This cooperation agreement strengthens the combat capabilities of the Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) as well as contributes to the development of Latvian defence technological and industrial base. 

“The local Patria 6x6 project creates the conditions for a development breakthrough in the Latvian defence industry. Our new facility will focus on the delivery of armoured personnel carriers ordered by the Latvian National Armed Forces, but we are actively working to ensure that our facility also implements other capability development projects of the NAF and produces military equipment for the defence forces of other countries,” says Uģis Romanovs, Chairman of the Board of Defence Partnership Latvia, and Patria Latvia. 

Patria 6x6 vehicle was chosen as the platform for the CAVS programme, participated already by Finland, Latvia, Sweden, and Germany. The CAVS-related Patria 6x6 deliveries are ongoing besides to Latvia, also to Finland and Sweden, and vehicles are in operational use. Patria has already received orders for nearly 700 Patria 6x6 vehicles. The programme is open to European countries with similar equipment requirements, subject to participating nations approval.

Media enquiries and further information:

Sirje Ahvenlampi-Hyvönen, Vice President, Group Communications, Patria, tel. +358 50 557 3822, [email protected] 

Jukka Holkeri, Executive Vice President, Global Division, Patria, tel. +358 40 869 2008, [email protected] 

More information on Patria 6x6

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, technology solutions and pilot training. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria’s mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations on land, sea and air. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Spain. Patria employs over 3,000 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.