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FAVS 2023: Production and delivery of Common Armoured Vehicle System begin for Finland

Finland has begun receiving 91 6×6 CAVS vehicles it has ordered from Patria, with an option for up to 70 more. (Patria)

Production and delivery of the 6×6 Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) for Finland began during the fourth quarter of 2023, Liisa Nevalainen, CAVS project director in the Land Systems Division of the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command's Joint Systems Centre, confirmed to Janes on the last day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability (FAVS) 2023 conference held in London from 13 to 15 November.

The command ordered 91 CAVS vehicles from Patria, the company announced on 2 June. The order includes spare parts, tools, and operation and maintenance training, with an option for up to 70 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in addition to the 91 vehicles ordered.

Jussi Järvinen, executive vice-president of Patria's Finland division, told Janes on 6 June that the overall value of the procurement, including options and value-added tax, is about EUR208 million (USD225.8 million).

The Finnish Defence Forces acquired the first three pre-series CAVs in 2022 for testing and familiarisation and to define the final requirements for the serial production version. The Finnish Ministry of Defence and Patria signed a letter of intent in 2021 for Finland to order 160 CAVS vehicles.

In April Germany formally joined the CAVS programme with the signing of the technical arrangement, and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) ordered Sweden's first 20 vehicles, with deliveries planned between May and October.

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