Patria of Finland unveiled its new 8x8 Armoured Wheel Vehicle concept design at the DSEi exhibition in London this week. (Pentti Hokkanen)
LONDON — Wheels were the order of the week in the armored vehicle sector at the DSEi show here as European companies Patria and Nexter gave debuted new platforms.
Finland’s Patria showed off an 8x8 Armoured Wheeled Vehicle (AWV) concept design, which has already logged time on the test track.
The Nordic company is best known for its AMV 8x8 and the big-selling vehicle’s heritage is apparent in the new offering.
Company executives, though, say the 30-ton AWV sports greater volume and higher payload powered by a more powerful engine than the AMV.
Speaking at the show, Markku Bolimann, the company’s land systems vice president for sales, said the new vehicle is “not the new AMV, that vehicle will remain in the market alongside the AWV.”
French rivals Nexter, meanwhile, displayed its new 27-ton gross weight Titus 6x6 for armies looking for what the company describes as a tactical infantry transport and utility system.
The Titus vehicle family is the result of a demonstrator program known as XB-2. Like the AWV, the French vehicle has already clocked up test track miles. While the trials are continuing, Nexter executives say the first vehicle could be ready for delivery in 2015.