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Eurosatory 2024: Patria launches FAMOUS ATV concept vehicle

Patria launched its ATV concept for the European FAMOUS programme at Eurosatory 2024. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Patria launched its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) concept for the European Future Highly Mobile Augmented Armoured Systems (FAMOUS) programme on the first day of the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition held in Paris from 17 to 21 June.

At the launch ceremony, Jussi Järvinen, executive vice-president of Patria's Finland Division, said the programme is on schedule and within budget after four years of testing in co-operation with the Finnish Defence Forces. He expected production to begin in 2027, starting with the armoured personnel carrier (APC) version, which will replace articulated vehicles and APCs such as the M113.

The 15-tonne concept vehicle can carry two crew members and 10 personnel, with a payload of 3.5 tonnes. It has a 250 kW engine producing a speed of up to 88 km/h, is able to climb a 60% gradient, cross a 2 m gap, and swim at a speed of 4 km/h. It is designed to operate in temperatures of -46° to 44° C and meets NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) K1 and M1 covering light APCs.

Patria co-ordinates the FAMOUS consortium of 35 companies from nine countries, with member states providing EUR19 million (USD20.4 million) of funding for development, prototyping, and verification testing in 2022–26. FAMOUS was selected as an EU European Defence Fund (EDF) project in 2021.

Lieutenant General Mikko Heiskanen, deputy chief of staff, armaments, and logistics for the Finnish Defence Forces, compared the ATV, which has a low profile and looks like a Russian MT-LB armoured vehicle, to an MT-LBVM.

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