Protolab delivers 6x6 PMPV to Finland
Protolab has delivered the first Protolab 6x6 Protected Multi-Purpose Vehicles (PMPV) to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF).
The company is delivering four PMPVs to the FDF under a contract signed in 2018, and the vehicles are being put through operational testing by the FDF as part of a wider modernisation programme to upgrade and enhance Finland’s armoured vehicle fleet.
The PMPV is a manoeuvrable and agile vehicle that can perform a range of mission roles including patrol, passenger and cargo transport, and command post, the company says, adding that amphibious and MEDEVAC variants are also available.
The vehicle is a 6x6 armoured personnel carrier developed to meet the mobility, protection and communication requirements of Special Operations Forces and paramilitary security forces.
It is integrated with mine and ballistic protection according to customer-specified blast protection levels of STANAG 4569, and can be equipped with various weapon systems.
PMPV can carry two crew and ten fully-equipped troops, or a cargo payload of up to 10,000kg.
Narrower than standard fighting vehicles, the vehicle's 2.55m width makes it suitable for urban operations, and it is powered by a Cummins 6.7l multifuel engine that meets Euro 3 emission levels, and meets EU truck road regulations qualifying it for registration as a N3G class vehicle (off-road).
‘We designed the Protolab PMPV 6x6 to meet the requirements of today's soldier and today's asymmetric battlefield,’ Juha Moisio, business development director at Protolab, says.
‘We are pleased to see the vehicle progressing well through field trials with the FDF and are getting positive feedback from the customer. We are confident that the Protolab PMPV will become the vehicle of choice for customers looking to replace their existing 6x6 vehicle fleets with a modern, protected and flexible solution.’
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