The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MOD) specialists from the Military Technical and Testing Institute (VTSÚ) Záhorie have commenced verification trials of the joint Slovak-Finnish 8×8 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) prototype.
The verification trials will last until mid-January 2018. They will be followed by military trials well until March. As part of them, the vehicle will undertake a range of trials in Finland, whilst operating in extreme winter conditions.
As part of the military trials in Slovakia, the SVK Armed Forces are planning to test the prototype vehicle over an uninterrupted period of operation for 28 days. On successful completion of the trials, further technical and organisational adjustments may be put in place to deliver potential technical and design alterations.
Finnish defence company, Patria has been selected to deliver a new Patria 8×8 chassis for the 8×8 IFVs as part of the programme.
The industrial partners selected by the Ministries of Defence of both countries are Konstrukta Defence a.s. (prime contractor), Patria Land Systems Oy (newly developed chassis) and EVPÚa.s. (weapon system).
The 8×8 IFV prototype has already been presented to the public at MOD-sponsored Industry Day held at VTSÚ Záhorie. Assuming that the technical and military trails of the pre-production prototype prove a success, the SVK MOD will go ahead with the procurement of up to 81 vehicles through to 2024.
Slovak Ministry of Defence (MOD)