Slovakia Advances with the Patria AMV Vydra 8×8 Acquisition Plans
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Slovakian Ministry of Defence is advancing with the Patria AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle) acquisition plans. In that connection it announced that it will submit a proposal to the cabinet for the approval of the AMV procurement, learned BulgarianMIlitary.com
The plans of the Ministry of Defence include procurement of up to 81 Patria AMVs and the total price shall not exceed €417 million, including logistical support, munitions, infrastructure, as well as the prototype purchase.
The Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle will be named Vydra (Otter), because of its swimming, fast, dynamic, agile, resistant and easily manoeuvrable capabilities.
Now the Ministry of Defence will initiate interdepartmental consultations in regard to the proposal. Up to sixteen Slovak companies could be involved in manufacturing of the vehicle.
In addition to technical company tests, verification trials and military trials, the vehicle prototype has successfully passed additional verification and military tests for in order to trying the requested by Slovakia adjustments.
As already mentioned the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle is an 8×8 vehicle produced by the Finnish defence industry company Patria and used in multiple roles for military purposes.
The major feature of the AMV is its modular design, which allows various adjustments according to the requirements of the relevant customers, which could involve incorporation of various turrets, sensor, weapons, or communications systems. The vehicle has a very good level of mine protection and can withstand explosions of up to 10 kg TNT. The Armoured Modular Vehicle has protection levels up to 30 mm APFSDS frontal arc. Another important feature is its very good mobility (agility, speed, crew comfort) in rough terrain, enabled by the sophisticated but rugged hydraulic suspension adjusting each wheel individually.
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Source: Shephard Media, Wikipedia