Finland’s defence forces have awarded Scania (Hall 6, Stand H303) a contract for 184 logistic support trucks. The contract is valued at about €66 million, and includes an option for an additional 69 trucks plus service and maintenance contracts for six plus six plus three years. A variety of three- and fouraxle configurations are involved, including 99 (8x4), 52 (8x6) and 27 (6x4) vehicles.
The bulk of the chassis (172) will be fitted with hooklifts of the DROPS/PLS type, some supplemented by materials handling cranes or container handling units; all of these are supplied by Hiab.
The Finnish order also includes 20 (6x4) hooklift chassis configured for driver training and 12 tractor units in a mix of 6x4 and 6x6 drive configurations.
Chassis are manufactured at Scania’s Södertälje plant in Sweden, with all bodybuilding and associated work to be undertaken by Scania Suomi Oy in Jyväskylä, Finland. Deliveries will commence later this year and run until 2017.
Scania’s trucks offered for defence applications are based on the modular use of components from the company’s heavy commercial range. Finnish deliveries are an all construction grade chassis fitted with a sleeper-type cab. Motive power is provided by a Scania 12.7-litre diesel engine that meets current EURO 6 emissions requirements; this is coupled to a Scania OptiCruise automated gearbox with 12 forward and two reverse gears.
Prior to the award of this latest contract, since 1999 Scania had supplied Finland’s armed forces with approaching 450 assorted trucks. Unusually 36 for military-use trucks, these were all supplied with a dealer network supported service and maintenance contract that limits downtime to 24 hours. As of May 2014, some 395 trucks were on contract, the oldest of these being delivered in 1999.