Over the past two days, a senior delegation of defense company Patria – Land division, led by Mika Kari, President, Juha Simola, Senior Vice President and Markku Koivisto, Vice President visited Romania confirming their strong commitment to contribute to the development of the Romanian defense industry with their AMV 8X8 program.
“We are very pleased to have had a number of great conversations with the potential Romanian defense partners as we look to manufacture together, in Romania, the AMVs the Romanian Army appreciates so much,” said Mika Kari, President. “If Patria will reach an agreement for the AMVs 8×8 program, most of the investment involved in the production process will remain in the country and it would be a valuable, cost-effective preposition for the Romanian government.”
The product Scandinavian company Patria is proposing to the Romanian Army is a state-of-the art AMV 8×8 armored wheeled vehicle that has demonstrated superior mobility in various environmental conditions all over the world and became the modern undisputed market leader in its class. For more than 15 years, Patria’s AMVs have been the choice of numerous countries around the world such as Finland, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, with a number of 1.600 AMVs contracted so far.
Patria plans to build all these vehicles locally, with the support of potential Romanian partners. As such, the expertise transfer will have a significant contribution to the development of Romanian’s defense and civil industries. “Such a decision from the authorities, will secure Romania’s supply by creating independent maintenance and crisis control capabilities, better and safe logistics, and the ability to autonomously develop and adapt the vehicles. This will also have economic implications in terms of stimulating local supply chains and generating hundreds of new jobs in a sector with significant potential”, said Markku Koivisto, Vice President.
Patria has a great technology transfer record. This is one the core competencies of the company and recent success stories include Polish Rosomak SA and Croatian DDSV. Similarly, if Patria will have an opportunity to produce the AMVs in Romania, in addition to the technology transfer a great amount of the allocated budget will remain in country.