Germany has officially joined the Finnish-led multinational Common Armored Vehicle System (CAVS) program by signing the technical arrangement.
The next step in the cooperation came after Germany signed the statement of intent in June 2022.
On the same day Germany Germany was confirmed as the new member of the program, Sweden announced an order for the first 20 troop transport vehicles to be delivered to its armed forces. The Scandinavian country joined the project in 2021, when Latvia placed an order for the first batch of more than 200 vehicles.
CAVS is a multinational collaboration between Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Germany, as well as the Finnish company Patria. It was initiated by Latvia and Finland in 2019, with the aim of improving the mobility, firepower, and protection capabilities of their respective armed forces.
“We gladly welcome Germany into the CAVS program and thank Sweden for taking the next step towards the serial procurement phase. The program provides all member nations with the possibility to purchase cost-effective state-of-the-art and modular armored vehicles developed within unprecedented multi-national cooperation. Adding yet another country to the program will improve the mobility and security of supply among all participating nations,” said Jukka Holkeri, executive vice president of Patria.
The CAVS program seeks to develop a common family of armored vehicles that can be used by the participating countries for a variety of missions, including combat, peacekeeping, and disaster relief. The program places a strong emphasis on modularity so that the vehicles can be easily reconfigured for different roles.
The Patria 6×6 vehicle was selected as the vehicle platform for the CAVS program after an evaluation of available solutions. The vehicle has a modular design that can be adapted to a wide range of missions and is designed to operate in difficult terrain and extreme weather conditions.
The 6×6 is a 7,5-meter vehicle with STANAG level 4 protection and amphibious capabilities. It has a top speed of over 100 km/h and a maximum payload of 8,500 kilos.