Patria 6×6 APC. (Photo: Patria)
As expected, Sweden joins Estonia, Finland and Latvia in the Common Armored Vehicle System program.
Sweden officially announced on December 14 that it will join the finely dressed multinational company 6×6 Common Armored Vehicle System (CAVS) program, confirms an earlier report from Shephard.
“This milestone is significant for the entire program. Extensive co-operation and networks between countries will improve mobility, cost-effectiveness, co-operation capacity and maintenance capacity in the participating countries, says Jussi Järvinen, chairman of the Land Business Unit at Patria.
He added that “the result of this program is a very cost-effective solution for participating countries”.
An official at the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration has previously told Shephard that 6×6 vehicles acquired under CAVS can “complement our current fleet of Patria vehicles”, as the Swedish army looks to double its number of brigades to four by 2030.
Finland and Latvia are the other CAVS participants: the former signed a LoI in December 2019 to order 160 APCs for delivery by 2023, while the latter received its first batch of vehicles in October 2021 during an order of 200 in August of the same year.
Estonia signed a LoI 2019 and is still involved in the technical arrangement underlying CAVS, although the Baltic Republic has not yet signed a framework agreement to order vehicles.