A carefully considered vehicle package guarantees high performance
When it comes to armoured personnel carriers, customers want tried-and-tested technology based on modern solutions that will also work in the battlefields of the future. Patria meets these requirements with its Patria AMVXP 8x8 and Patria 6x6 product families, which are based on long-term product development and experience in vehicle manufacture and life cycle support.
“Customers want solutions that will retain both their cost-effectiveness and high performance throughout the product’s life cycle,” says Janne Räkköläinen, Vice President, Vehicle Systems from Patria’s Land business unit.
Security of supply is also gaining increased importance. Patria’s operating model is based on industrial participation with local actors. This ensures that reliable service can be maintained even in crisis situations.
In 2018, Patria launched its new Patria 6x6 vehicle, whose reliability and terrain mobility have been designed to meet the highest standards. The vehicle’s features are continually being developed to meet customers’ current and future needs.
The Patria 6x6 has been selected as the vehicle platform for a joint project between the Finnish, Latvian and Estonian armies. The project is seeking to develop a common armoured wheeled vehicle system.
“We hope that this development project will lead to mass production of these vehicles. We’re seeking a cost-effective solution that will definitely be of interest to other countries hoping to improve the mobility of their armies,” says Räkköläinen.
The development work will also focus on modern maintenance and upkeep solutions for the vehicles.
“These solutions will make effective use of real-time data obtained from the vehicles about their condition and use. This will lead to cost savings in maintenance and more effective user training.”
The Patria AMV product family is known for its high-performance vehicles, which are capable of protecting troops in the most demanding of conditions.
“This product family revolves around customers’ requirements for performance and usage, and we engage in constant discussion with our customers on these topics,” says Räkköläinen.
Patria’s AMVXP has been selected for field testing in Japan for about a year on the basis of a tender, which is just one indication of the confidence
shown in Patria’s products.
One of the priorities in Patria’s vehicle R&D has been an embedded drive-by-wire steering system that enables remote control and autonomous functions.
“For many customers, vehicle remote control and increasing autonomy are the next big step in intelligence, support and combat missions,” says Matti Saarikko, Technology Director from Land business unit.
Remote control requires the driver to have the most realistic and up-to-date picture of the vehicle’s operating environment as possible. In the system developed by Patria, optical and acoustic sensors are used to investigate the surrounding environment. Inertia-based movement sensors also provide data on the vehicle’s behaviour.
“Development work for the system has taken into consideration the need for low latency and the transfer of large data volumes,” says Saarikko.
Patria is a pioneer in the development of unmanned vehicles. The company’s prototype has received a great deal of favourable attention in, for example, ELROB test drives of European robotic vehicles.