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BAE Systems and Patria to pursue Land 400 opportunity

Adelaide, Australia – WEBWIRE

BAE Systems and Patria have today announced a teaming agreement to pursue a major Australian combat vehicle program.

The two companies will work together to secure the anticipated Land 400 Phase 2 Defence program for the acquisition and support of a Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV), with BAE Systems as prime contractor.

Patria is the market leader of modern 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles and is an ideal partner for BAE Systems. The team will work together to deliver a Patria 8x8 Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) solution to meet the needs of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Markku Bollmann, Senior Vice President, Land business unit, says, “Patria AMV combines high payload capacity and excellent mobility with the latest technology. The versatility of the modular design enables it to be tailored and continually developed to meet the needs of modern defence forces around the world.

“Patria AMV is a highly capable vehicle with strong sales track-record and in use by seven different nations in wide range of environments. The vehicle is combat-proven in the real mission environment.”

Graeme Bent, BAE Systems Australia’s Director – Land & Integrated Systems, says, “We make a strong team. Patria has a proven track record of technology transfer to user nations, and BAE Systems has a long and proud history of building and supporting both tracked and wheeled military vehicles, here and overseas. Continued local support will enable the ADF to draw upon an established manufacturing base and our global network.”

The two companies will now evolve their solution to the Commonwealth’s CRV requirement before providing additional information around their tender solution.

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