posted on Jan, 2 2004 @ 07:05 AM
PATRIA AMV (ARMOURED MODULAR VEHICLE) 8X8 WHEELED , FINLAND:
"The Patria AMV 8x8 equipped with Oto Melara HITROLE 12.7mm turret."
"The AMV 8x8 equipped with Oto Melara 25mm Hitfist turret."
"The Patria AMV seen during swimming tests in summer 2002."
"The AMV 8x8 equipped with Oto Melara HITFIST turret fitted with the TOW anti-tank missile system."
"An AMV 8x8 was transported to Brno in the Czech Republic by C-130 aircraft."
"The Patria AMV 8x8 equipped with LAV 30mm turret."
"AMV 8x8 APC with remote turret."
"AMV 8x8 AMOS (2x120mm..)."
The Patria AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle) has been developed by the Finnish company Patria Vehicles Oy in close co-operation with the
Finnish Defence Forces. Patria Vehicles has long experience from manufacturing special vehicles. The production of the XA-series wheeled armoured
personnel carriers started in 1984. Since then Patria Vehicles has manufactured uninterruptedly more than 1,200 XA-series armoured wheeled vehicles in
many different versions.
The AMV product family uses the same hull platform fitted with the turrets and mission systems for each of the variants which include an Armoured
Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, AMOS Heavy Mortar System, Command Post, Workshop and Battlefield Ambulance. Where applicable and where
specifications match the mission requirements, commercial off the shelf systems are fitted on the vehicles. The vehicle weighs between 14t and 24t
according to the armour and weapons systems, ammunition and crew.
The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered already 24 AMV 8x8 AMOS (Advanced Mortar System) versions and they have signed a letter of intent in the first
quarter of 2003 for the purchase of 100 Patria AMV 8x8 APC versions. The final assembly and system integration of two pre-production variants of the
vehicle is near completion for delivery to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) in October 2003. The two FDF prototype vehicles were ordered in December
2001. One vehicle has been fitted with a GDLS CTC LAV 30mm turret. The other one will be fitted with the PML 127 OWS turret. AMV is planned to enter
serial production in 2004.
In December 2002 the Polish Ministry of National Defence announced the selection of the Patria AMV to meet their requirement for 690 armoured
vehicles. Poland's state-owned military production company Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne will be prime contractor and Patria a major contractor for
the basic vehicle. By 2005, WZM expects to attain production levels of 90 vehicles per year.
The 690 vehicles for Poland include: 313 fighting vehicles with the Oto Melara Hitfist 30P turret and 30mm ATK MK 44 guns; 87 vehicles equipped with
under armour operated 12.7mm heavy machine guns; 118 command and control vehicles: 48 engineer reconnaissance vehicles; 46 armoured battlefield
ambulances; 46 armoured recovery vehicles; and 32 6x6 configuration reconnaissance AMVs. A delivery schedule is planning for three Fighting Vehicles,
three Heavy Machine Gun vehicles and three special variant vehicles to be delivered by December 2004. The first 90 Armoured Personnel Carriers will
enter operational service with two infantry battalions of the 21st Mountain Brigade and the 12th Mechanised Brigade of the Polish Army in 2006.
ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER
The Patria AMV 8x8 APC version is fitted with the Patria PML 127 OWS turret for 12.7mm heavy machine gun. Finnish Defence Forces will test this
vehicle version starting in autumn 2003. The PML 127 OWS turret has electro-hydraulic drives with 360° traverse and -8° to +48° degree elevation. The
gunner has a Zeiss PERI-Z16A1 sight and NAE 200 day/night periscopic sight with GEN II+ image intensifier. ACCD/thermal camera is optional.
INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLE
The Infantry Fighting Vehicle is fitted with a two-man turret. The first prototype vehicle, designated AMV P2, is to be supplied to and tested by the
Finnish Defence Forces. The AMV 8x8 P2 is fitted with a GDLS CTC LAV 30mm turret. The LAV 30 turret is fitted with ATK Bushmaster 30mm cannon, a
7.62mm co-axial machine gun and day and night sights. The vehicle is fully amphibious.
AMOS ADVANCED MORTAR SYSTEM
The twin 120mm AMOS mortar system can be fitted to the Patria AMV. Patria has signed contract with the Finnish Defence Force for 24 AMOS versions. The
first unit will be delivered in 2005. AMOS has automatic ammunition handling and electronic taget engagement and firing systems.
The vehicle is fitted with modular ballistic protection to the customer specification up to a protection level against 30mm armour piercing APFSDS
rounds. The maximum internal volume of the 8x8 AMV vehicle is 13m³, the combat weight up to 25t and the payload 10t. Patria is also developing a
lighter version, a 6x6 configuration of the Armoured Modular Vehicle, which would use subsystems and components of the heavier 8x8 vehicle. The 6x6
AMV would carry a 6t payload and the combat weight is up to 18t.
The maximum road speed of AMV is over 100km/h with an operating range 800km. The vehicle can negotiate 60% forward slopes, 30% side slopes, 0.7m steps
and trenches up to 2.0m in width. The vehicle can ford water up to 1.5m in depth. The vehicle is fitted with two shrouded propellers, one on each side
at the rear of the hull for amphibious capability: The swimming speed is 8km/h to 10km/h.
The dual power DI 12 Scania diesel engine produces 360kW and 1,974Nm torque. The drive system uses ZF Ecomat 7HP902 automatic transmission with 7 +1
gears. The vehicle can also be fitted with other diesel engines like Caterpillar, Cummins, MTU to suit the logistic requirements of the customer
The driveline includes all-wheel drive, 14.00 R 20 tyres with run flat devices, disc brakes and central tyre inflation system (CTIS). The central tyre
inflation capability gives reduced ground pressure. All wheels have independent suspension. In the suspension system there are hydro-pneumatic
elements with optional vehicle ride height control.