IDEX 2019

More punch for AMV [IDEX19D1]

17 February 2019

Patria of Finland is showing its latest Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP fitted with the Italian Leonardo Defence Systems HITFACT 120mm turret system for the first time (Stands 10-C09 and B10). This combination will provide potential customers with a highly mobile anti-tank capability, which can be rapidly deployed over long distances without the need for heavy equipment transporters (HETs), which are required for tracked vehicles with a similar capability.

The AMV XP has been developed by Patria to meet requirements for a 8x8 vehicle with extra payload, performance and protection. It is being marketed alongside its combat-proven standard AMV (8x8), which has now been sold to seven countries.

Nearly 1,600 AMVs are on order or have been delivered – more than 95 per cent for the export market.

Development of the AMV XP is complete and production can commence when orders are placed.

AMV XP has a gross vehicle weight of up to 32 tonnes and is fitted with a modular passive armour package that can provide protection up to STANAG 4569 Level 4+. It is powered by a Scania DC-13 in-line diesel developing 612hp coupled to a ZF 7HP 902 Economat automatic transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of 100km/h. With the 500-litre fuel tank, road range is up to 1,000km. Steering is powered on the four front wheels, and power steering is optional on the rear axles.

The Leonardo HITFACT 120mm turret has been ordered by the Italian Army for installation on its latest Centauro II Mobile Gun System, but its design is such that it can be fitted to a wide range of tracked and wheeled platforms. It is armed with a 120mm L45 high-pressure, low-recoil smoothbore gun than can fire standard NATO ammunition, including armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) and the recently developed Rheinmetall DM11 programmable high-explosive (HE) round.

Mounted co-axial with the 120mm gun is a 7.62mm machine gun (MG) and a remote weapon station is on the roof, armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm MG and a pintle-mounted MG. A computerised fire control system is fitted, which enables stationary and moving targets to be engaged with a high first round hit probability while the AMV XP is moving.

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