Patria Offers Armored Personnel Carrier as German Fuchs Replacement

Finnish defense contractor Patria has teamed with German partners to offer an armored personnel carrier for Berlin’s Fuchs replacement effort.

The collaboration supports the Common Armored Vehicles System (CAVS) program, a multinational effort to deliver modernized ground vehicles for the Latvian, Swedish, Finnish, and German armed forces.

Patria’s proposal to Berlin will be a 6×6 system configured to Germany’s requirements should the government decide to procure the platform.

The firm will lead the design and fabrication, while Freisen-based DSL and Flensburg vehicle manufacturer FFG will provide engineering, production, and life-cycle support.

The consortium also plans to partner with domestic businesses in Germany to complete the project.

Patria 6x6 armored personnel carrier
Patria 6×6 armored personnel carrier. Photo: Patria Group

“We are pleased to start a unique partnership that will provide enormous added value for Germany,” Patria EU Market Area SVP Hugo Vanbockryck stated.

“We offer to adapt for German needs a cost-effective, fully developed, off-the-shelf platform – the Patria 6×6 – that is already in production, fielded by NATO partner nations and will be produced locally in Germany to meet the high requirements and technical standards of the Bundeswehr.”

Patria 6×6 Armored Personnel Carrier

The Patria 6×6 vehicle weighs 53,000 pounds (24,000 kilograms) and measures 25 feet (8 meters) in length.

It is operated by a crew of up to three people — a driver, commander, and optional gunner — and can transport 10 passengers.

Based on Patria’s older 8×8 Armored Modular Vehicle, the system’s chassis was constructed according to NATO’s ballistic protection standards to resist rounds between 39mm and 114mm.

It has a payload capacity of 18,700 pounds (8,500 kilograms) and a speed of more than 60 miles (100 kilometers) per hour.

The Patria 6×6 debuted in 2018 at a Paris land and air defense systems exhibit. Two years later, the CAVS consortium selected the Patria 6×6 as the basis of future offerings to allied forces. The program remains open to other nations interested in the framework.

In 2023, the German government officially joined the CAVS program, making the country the latest partner of the joint effort.

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