DSEI 2015

More of everything [DSEI15, D1]

15 September 2015

The Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle XP (8x8) made its first appearance at DSEI in 2013, shortly after it was completed in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration. Since then, development and trials have continued at a rapid pace.

By September 2015, Patria had completed one automotive test vehicle and two pre-production AMV XP vehicles, with well over 15,000km of trials clocked up in a wide range of terrain and environmental conditions in Finland and overseas, with the latter including hot weather trials in the Middle East. The XP in the designation means extra performance, extra payload and extra protection.

Patria (N6-160) is quoting a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 32 tonnes, of which 15 tonnes is the payload, which includes the crew, fuel, weapon system and the modular armour protection system. The company is also marketing an amphibious version which will have a GVW of 28 tonnes, which will be propelled in the water by two propellers at the rear.

The AMV XP has a host of improvements, including a greater internal volume, a more powerful diesel engine developing 450kW, larger tyres for improved mobility and a digital backbone, which will make it easier to integrate key subsystems such as battle management systems, remote weapon stations (RWSs) and cameras for situational awareness. It can be fitted with a wide range of weapon systems according to the end user’s operational requirements − from RWSs armed with machine guns (MGs) up to a turret-mounted 105mm gun or Patria 120mm mortar system.

The vehicle being shown here is in the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration and fitted with the Italian Oto Melara HITFIST two-person turret armed with an Orbital ATK 30mm MK44 dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial MG.

Mounted either side of the turret is an anti-tank guided weapon such as the RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Spike.

Patria stressed to the DSEI Daily that the latest generation AMV XP will be marketed alongside its best-selling AMV, which has now been sold to Croatia, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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