The Finnish Defence Forces received a mandate from its Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö to procure a life cycle upgrade from Patria Land Systems. Life cycle upgrades are used to modernise 65 XA-180 armoured personnel carriers (APC).
Modernisation ensures that the performance, condition and technical life cycle of the PASI APCs will extend into the 2030s. Their electric systems will be upgraded, power transmission components will be improved and suspension and external coating will be renewed. Seats with security belts will also be installed in the vehicles.
Life cycle upgrades are scheduled for 2018-2020. The procurement’s total value, including VAT, is about €16 million with a domestic employment effect of 85 man-years.
It is a part of the national defence development programme to improve the mobility of troops; operational troops will be equipped with the modernised vehicles. The Finnish Army in particular will be developed during this electoral term because major strategic procurements for the navy and the air force will have to be decided on in the 2020s.