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Japan selects Patria’s AMV XP for WAPC replacement

15th December 2022 - 06:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The JGSDF has selected the AMV XP from Patria to replace its fleet of Type 96 WAPC 8x8 vehicles. (Photo: Patria)

A Finnish company has enjoyed rare success in the Japanese market, with Patria agreeing to licensed production of the AMV XP 8x8 vehicle.

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has selected the Patria AMV XP 8x8 vehicle as a replacement for its in-service Type 96 Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier (WAPC), according to a press release issued by the company on 9 December.

A competition for the new-generation WAPC was launched in September 2019, with three contenders shortlisted following an RfP issued on 29 August 2020. This saw Patria’s AMV XP competing against the Mobile Armored Vehicle (MAV) from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), but the LAV 6.0 from General Dynamics Land Systems dropped out of contention.

Throughout 2022, Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) conducted tests

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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