Finland, Sweden Jointly Procure Armed Vehicles

Finnish XA-203 armoured personnel carrier on a road march during exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Norway on October 30, 2018. Trident Juncture 2018 is NATO’s largest exercise in many years, bringing together around 50,000 personnel from all 29 Allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden. Around 65 vessels, 250 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles will participate. Photo: Ville Multanen, Finnish Defence Forces Combat Camera

Finland has signed an agreement with Sweden to procure military vehicle systems and related capabilities for their armed forces.

The strategic partnership was established by the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in Tampere.

The pact will increase the joint military procurement of both countries while reducing budget costs.

Under the arrangement, both countries will buy land-based systems that may include tactical off-road, armored, and lightweight vehicles.

Options include snowmobiles, battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, main battle tanks, trucks, mobile grenade launchers, and other mobile artillery systems.

Furthermore, the agreement eyes the joint purchase of maintenance and collaborative military training for the acquired systems.

The next phase of the partnership will see Finland and Sweden negotiate a framework contract with a single supplier to acquire tactical off-road vehicles and associated technologies.

Military Enhancement Cooperation

In March, Finland and Sweden signed a contract to expand their rifle supplies with firearms provider Sako.

The joint procurement will run for 10 years with an additional 21-year option until 2054. The package includes assault rifles, sniper rifles, and personal protection weapons.

Earlier this month, the countries were joined by Germany in a multinational armed vehicle effort to procure enhanced mobility and firepower for their militaries.

The Common Armored Vehicle System program will develop a family of armed vehicles deployable for combat, peacekeeping, and humanitarian aid missions.

© 2023, GDC. © GDC and Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.