via Defense Aerospace.
The next item in today’s headlines is from Finland’s leading newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The paper reports on the breakdown of plans for the Finnish defence industry company Patria to supply the US Marines with a fleet of Havoc armoured modular vehicles.Patria is being cheeky.
Patria had produced one of several prototypes for the Marine Personnel Carrier competition in association with its US partner Lockheed Martin, but now the Havoc has been dropped from the project.
The Havoc AMV is an 8×8 multi-role military vehicle that is highly mobile. Had the deal gone through, it would have been a billion-dollar success for Patria and a breakthrough in the US market.
Patria head Mika Kari said that investments such as this are huge projects and require a massive amount of resources. Three years ago, after many twists and turns, the US Marine Corps chose the Havoc as one of four wagon types to be developed and 3.5 million dollars was allotted for this purpose.
The Polish military has used the Finnish-made Havoc AMVs successfully in combat conditions in Afghanistan.
Remember I contacted them and their spokesperson told me instead to talk to Lockheed Martin when I asked about the partnership dissolving.
If the AMV/Havoc is out then what does that mean?
I have doubts about the program surviving with the new defense strategy. The USMC is going all in on being a seagoing 101st and every penny is going to prop up the pitiful F-35.
We'll see. We should have had an announcement of participants at least by now.