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The defence expert

Focused on defence and aerospace, Patria has built its core strengths around armoured wheeled vehicles, mortar systems, helicopters, military aircraft, and life cycle support for these products. Patria is also a renowned supplier of solutions based on advanced composite structures.

Focused on defence and aerospace, Patria has built its core strengths around armoured wheeled vehicles, mortar systems, helicopters, military aircraft, and life cycle support for these products. Patria is also a renowned supplier of solutions based on advanced composite structures.

Networking is particularly emphasised in Patria's product and technology development. Close cooperation with leading Finnish universities and technology and research institutes, and European R&D organisations ensures access to the latest technologies, and enables partners to focus on their own core competences.

The Patria AMV

Patria takes an active part in projects connected to the development programmes of the Finnish Defence Forces from an early stage. This helps give the projects a solid technology base, and promotes the capability of the Finnish defence industry to play an essential role in future procurement in Finland and elsewhere.

Patria's fourth-generation Armoured Modular Vehicle, the Patria AMV, is an excellent example of this approach and how it can be extended through cooperation with international partners.

Offering high levels of mobility, protection, payload capacity, modularity, and air transportability, the Patria AMV meets the needs of today's crisis management scenarios – and is also fully NATO-compatible, as are all Patria's products.

Further development and production of the AMV vehicle family will utilise know-how from a range of European industries. The Polish AMV programme, for example, involves Patria, OtoMelara of Italy, and Poland's own WZMS.

Modern mortar technology

International conflicts have proved the usefulness of mortar systems and directed development towards a new generation of easily transportable, well-protected systems with high firepower. The AMOS (Advanced MOrtar System), developed by Patria with Swedish-based Alvis Hägglunds, shows what modern mortar technology can offer.

Thanks to its modular design, a twinbarrelled AMOS unit can be integrated with a number of platforms, including wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as fast combat vessels.

In the sky

In the aviation field, Patria is aiming to become the leading life cycle support provider for helicopters and aircraft in the Nordic and Baltic region; and is responsible for the wing spoilers of the Airbus A380 project.

The contract to handle final assembly of the batch of NH90 helicopters ordered jointly by the Nordic countries has strengthened Patria's position on this market. The company has also expanded into pilot training, a key part of the life cycle support business, enabling Patria to offer customers a complete outsourcing service.

> Satu Palm
(Published in High Technology Finland )