Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Finnish Defence Forces Receive First Protolab 6x6 Protected Multi-Purpose Vehicle (PMPV)

via Defense Aerospace.
Despite its deceptively small proportions, the PMPV can carry two crew and ten fully-equipped troops, or a cargo payload of up to 10,000kg. It is narrower than standard combat vehicles, and its 2.55-meter width makes it suitable for urban operations. (Protolab photo)
VANTAA, Finland --- Protolab Oy is pleased to announce the delivery of the first Protolab 6x6 Protected Multi-Purpose Vehicles (PMPV) to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). Protolab is delivering four PMPVs to the FDF under a contract signed in 2018. The vehicles are being put through operational testing by the FDF as part of a wider modernisation programme to upgrade and enhance its armoured vehicle fleet.

The Protolab PMPV is exceptionally maneuverable and agile and can perform a range of mission roles including patrol, passenger and cargo transport, and command post. Amphibious and MEDIVAC variants are also available. The Protolab PMPV is a first of its kind 6x6 armoured personnel carrier developed to meet the mobility, protection and communication requirements of Special Operations Forces and paramilitary security forces.

The PMPV is designed from the ground up with integrated high level mine protection and ballistic protection according to customer-specified blast protection levels of STANAG 4569. The vehicle can be equipped with various customer required weapon systems.

The vehicle can carry two crew and ten fully-equipped troops, or a cargo payload of up to 10,000kg. Narrower than standard fighting vehicles, the vehicle's 2.55m width makes it suitable for urban operations, with advanced mobility both on and off-road. Powered by a Cummins 6.7l multifuel engine and meeting Euro 3 emission levels, the vehicle meets EU truck road regulations qualifying it for registration as a N3G class truck (off-road).

These design features make it an ideal fit for the challenges being faced by modern armies.
Story here. 

This is a kinda weird segment of the armored vehicle market.  I consider the top dawgs in no particular order the vehicle above along with the Russian Typhoon and the Nexter Titus (talked about in an earlier blogpost).

They seem to be ideal internal and low intensity warfare vehicles, but I'm having trouble trying to decide exactly what feature(s) should be considered to make one stand out from the rest.  Below is a pic of the Russian Typhoon that I believe fits into this category.

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