Slovakia and Finland signed an agreement on Patria AMVxp 8×8 vehicles

Source: Patria press release

Slovakia and Finland with Patria have signed a comprehensive government-to-government (G2G) agreement to purchase 76 armored combat vehicles (ACV) from Patria.

Within Slovakia’s BOV 8×8 programme Patria will contribute to the development of the local engineering and defence industry with transferring high-end armored modular vehicle technical experience and innovations. Geographically, the industrial cooperation covers Slovakia widely. The programme will create educational benefits and jobs that provide work for decades, including life cycle services that come after the project.

Slovakia and Finland signed an agreement on Patria AMVxp 8x8 vehicles 02
Minister of Defence of Slovakia Jaroslav Naď and Minister of Defence of Finland Antti Kaikkonen. Other representatives in the event Project Director Marcel Janiga of Slovakian Ministry of Defence, National Armaments Director Jozef Zekucia, State Secretary Marian Majer as well as the Patria representatives EVP, Global, Jukka Holkeri, Sales Director Sami Kurela and Project Director Annamaija Mäki-Ventelä. Photo: Patria.

“Patria is proud to provide the most modern spearhead combat vehicle solution for Slovakian Land Forces. We’ve had intensive and productive negotiations with Slovakian Ministry of Defence and Slovakian industry. Together with Konštrukta Defence, EVPU and CSM, as well as with other local companies, we have created a long-term solution that provides Slovakia sustainable security of supply. Additionally, this agreement provides Slovakia the possibility to continue stable acquisition of vehicle variants and related support of full lifecycle services under the same contract”, states Jukka Holkeri, Executive Vice President for Global Division in Patria.

In March 2022 the Slovakian Ministry of Defence selected Finland and Patria AMVxp 8×8 as BOV 8×8 programme tender winner. Patria AMVxp8×8 came out on top after system tests and feasibility study evaluation. In the end of March, the Slovakian government announced approval for the Slovakian Ministry of Defence to start contract negotiations with Finland and Patria. The agreed purchase consists of 76 armored combat vehicles, with three vehicle variants.

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