Armor: June 27, 2001


Patria vehicles of Finland is working on a new 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle to be known as AMV or the Armored Modular Vehicle. The general idea is to build one chassis with a common wheel base carrying a forward compartment mounting the engine, driver, and commander. The rear half of the vehicle could then be built with any of several modules (which could only be changed with a major factory rebuild). The two basic types would be a low module (the same height as the driver/commander compartment) which could be as an armored personnel carrier or (with a turret) an infantry fighting vehicle, and a high module which would provide more internal volume for missions such as command, cargo, or ambulance. To reduce production and life cycle costs, many of the automotive components are commercial types. The transmission has seven forward and one reverse speeds. The tires have run-flat inserts. A central tire inflation system can adjust the tires from the driver's seat to account for the terrain. Suspension is independent hydropneumatic for each wheel, and for an extra cost the buyer can have equipment included that allows the driver to "crouch" the vehicle and reduce its height in exchange for some mobility. Several levels of armor protection are available up to one that would protect the vehicle from 30mm discarding sabot ammunition across its frontal arc. With standard armor and no crew, turret, or other equipment, the AMV tips the scales at 14 tons. With crew, fuel, ammunition, extra armor, and combat equipment the weight can climb to 24 tons.--Stephen V Cole


Article Archive

Armor: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close