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Eyeing Finland’s upcoming 6x6 APC procurement programme, Protolab has unveiled two new variants of its Protected Multi-Purpose Vehicle (PMPV) APC – the PMPV 2 and 3.

Based on extensive user feedback, the variants have been developed to meet the requirements of the Finnish programme, which is expected to be launched once R&D and market surveys have been completed for the participating vehicles. Protolab is also actively pursuing export opportunities, both in direct sale and in potential technical cooperation/technology transfer arrangements.

The variants retain the very high levels of ballistic and mine protection that characterise the original vehicle, for which testing has verified the ability to withstand at least five mine detonations, exceeding the maximum requirements of STANAG 4569. “The results of the mine blast-testing, carried out by an independent, internationally recognised test body, are outstanding […] Typically, a vehicle must survive the single required kinetic blast to achieve the highest STANAG rating, whereas we put a single PMPV chassis through five blasts – one of which was double the required explosive mass; and still ended up with a vehicle that could be repaired for service […] We understand that this is an extremely significant achievement, and will be a major drawcard for military forces seeking the very highest protection levels for their troops in the field,” commented Juhani Kivimaki, Protolab’s Chief Technical Officer.

The new versions incorporate higher engine power ratings to provide better performance in both on- and off-road conditions. The PMPV 2 is powered by a 325hp diesel engine; the PMPV 3 by either a 360 or 450hp diesel. The cooling system has been updated to meet the requirements of both new engines, redirecting cooling air to assist in making the cabin more comfortable for crew in hot operating conditions. Both versions use Allison Transmission, Katsa 2-speed transfer box, basic axles including steering rear axle and COTS components to maximise cost-efficiency, agility and durability, simplify maintenance and minimise life-cycle costs.

The PMPV can carry two crew and ten fully-equipped troops, or a cargo payload of up to 10,000kg. The crew compartment features a re-designed layout to enhance passenger comfort and space for equipment. Other improvements include increased room for C4I equipment, and improved options for reconfiguration to different operational profiles, such as C2, troop carrier or medevac.

In the standard APC crew transport configuration, three different seating versions are available: a suspended seat with a 5-point seatbelt; a fixed seat with 2-point lapbelt; and a new compact seating system with a 2-point lapbelt. Entrance and egress has also been improved, and the locking system for hatches redesigned for easier use.

The PMPV’s narrow (2.55m) width, steering rear axle, unique protective structure and advanced mobility both on- and off-road have been designed to provide superior capability in the urban environment for the range of tasks faced by special operations, security and crisis management forces in the field […] We have introduced these two new variants in direct response to market feedback, and anticipate significant interest from the international APC market from customers looking to replace their existing 6x6 vehicle fleets with a cost-effective, protected and highly mobile solution,” observed Business Development Director, Juha Moisio.

The very high levels of mine-blast resistance, proven under rigorous testing, will be a major point of attraction for many potential customers. (Photo: Protolab Oy)

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