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Japan refines armoured vehicle needs as Patria signs agreement for AMVxp production

6th September 2023 - 09:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Japan has signed a licensing agreement with Japan Steel Works for the AMVxp from Finnish firm Patria. (Photo: Patria)

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is moving ahead with production of the AMV 8x8 armoured vehicle from Patria, as well as lining up new Type 16 MCV 8x8 variants from Mitsubishi.

On 31 August, Patria Group and Japan Steel Works signed a licensing agreement covering the manufacture of the former’s AMVxp 8x8 armoured vehicle in the East Asian nation.

This signing confirmed that negotiations over licensing have been concluded, with Japan set to be the AMV’s ninth user nation.

The Japanese MoD selected the AMVxp for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on 9 December 2022. This platform will replace in-service Type 96 Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carriers (WAPC).

Janne Räkköläinen, senior VP of market area world at Patria, stated: ‘Patria is fully committed to delivering the JGSDF’s WAPC programme as agreed,

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

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

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