The deal supports the government’s decision to improve its troops’ personal ballistic protective gear and is funded by its supplementary budget and the national defense development program.
The overall pre-tax cost of the procurement is around 13 million euros ($13 million).
Finnish company CPE (Combat Protective Equipment) Production Oy will provide the protective vests at 7 million euros ($7 million) before tax.
Equipment specialist Finn-Savotta Oy will provide the M05 camouflage-patterned pocket sets attached to the gear, allowing soldiers to carry grenades, weapons magazines, and other infantry equipment.
The sets are also suitable for all load-carrying vests equipped with straps.
Finland’s Other Recent Procurements
In June, Finland joined the Patria project to obtain 6×6 armored vehicles to improve its armed forces’ mobility.
In April, the government announced a plan to spend $15.2 million to procure 1,000 to 2,000 intelligence-gathering drones over two years. The developer for the project will be selected in 2023.
Also in April, the country awarded Saab a $16.2 million contract to provide combat training simulators and related upgrades to modernize live training solutions for its troops.