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05 Mar 13. Patria delivered the first batch of the next generation armoured wheeled vehicles to Sweden. Patria delivered the first Patria AMV armoured wheeled vehicles to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). This was the first delivery of altogether 113 Patria AMV armoured wheeled vehicles to the Swedish Defence Forces, based on the agreement signed with FMV in 2010. The total value of the contract is approximately EUR250m.
“The production of Patria AMVs has proceeded according to plans, and now the first vehicles are ready for delivery. Patria AMV represents state-of-the-art technology and it combines our extensive experience and know-how, which are highly appreciated by the users of the vehicles. The Swedish troops will receive a modern vehicle which offers excellent mobility and a high level of protection. These new armoured wheeled vehicles represent a continuation for the Patria AMV product family, which has received excellent feedback for its performance in international operations”, said the President of Patria Land Systems and Patria Land Services, Seppo Seppälä to Lena Erixon, the Director General of FMV, when delivering the first vehicles. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration is one of the biggest users of Patria’s armoured wheeled vehicles. Early in the year 2011, the partnership agreement was signed between Patria and FMV, covering the technical maintenance and upgrading of approximately 200 XA-vehicles purchased earlier. The agreement is being updated annually and is also going to cover the life-cycle support of the next generation Patria AMV armoured wheeled vehicles. The partnership agreement is strategically important to both parties as it enables both Patria and FMV to combine their best competences to offer high-quality services to the vehicles’ end-user, The Swedish Armed Forces. Patria AMV is the market leader of modern armoured 8x8s, which makes it Patria’s most essential export product. Patria has agreements with seven customers for a total of nearly 1,400 vehicles. Patria AMV entered the market in the year 2004. AMV products are under continuous development and the latest reliable technologies are being applied. The structural solutions of these vehicles enable high payload capacity, a high level of protection and the integration of heavy weapon systems. Patria AMV has received excellent feedback for its crisis management performance in Afghanistan and Chad.

04 Mar 13. The Ricardo-engineered Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) vehicle is featured in a web video posted on “Jay Leno’s Garage.” During the segment, the late-night comedian takes a test drive of the FED, which represents the ideal application of armored vehicle design expertise and fuel efficiency improvements by Ricardo, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Ricardo PLC, a multi-industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy. Ricardo worked with the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to design, develop, manufacture and test the FED. Completed in 2011, the FED is a military demonstration vehicle that shows how to maximize fuel economy on the battlefield while maintaining the capability and performance of light tactical wheeled vehicles. The vehicle showcases Ricardo’s total vehicle system methodology, which combines advanced powertrain technologies with vehicle mass reduction, improved rolling resistance and driveline improvements to increase fuel economy. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

05 Mar 13. Aluminum played a star role this week in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” that featured the U.S. Army’s rugged Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED). The FED sports a low weight alum

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