Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen has authorised the procurement of life-cycle upgrades for 139 of the country’s Patria XA-180 6×6 wheeled armoured vehicles to keep them in service until 2040, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 28 October.
The upgrades, which are scheduled to begin in 2020, will ensure “that the capability, condition, and technical life cycle of the armoured personnel carriers will extend into the 2040s,” the MoD said.
It added that the vehicles’ electrical systems, automotive components, and suspensions will be upgraded or improved, and new seats with safety belts will be installed.
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