Monday, February 20, 2017
Patria AMV 28A @ IDEX 2017
I wondered if Patria would attempt to make an amphibious version of the Patria AMV after Lockheed pulled out of the joint effort on the USMC's Amphibious Combat Vehicle contest.
Looks like the answer is a strong yes. Who do they hope to attract with this vehicle? The obvious answer is any country operating the BMP-3F.
Don't get me wrong. I consider the BMP-3F to be a serviceable vehicle but its rather long in the tooth and the current "hotness" is wheeled amphibious assault vehicles.
What will be interesting is the weapons fit. They're displaying the AMV-28A with a 30mm cannon along with some attack tank missiles adjacent to the 7.62 RWS mount. Will that satisfy customers that have grown accustomed to a 100mm gun that can also fire anti-tank missiles?
Time will tell, but the reputation of the Patria AMV and the simple but elegant solution of applying flotation armor should see at least a few sales.