Swedish armor specialist Åkers Krutbruk was selected to provide the protection suite for the Patria AMV 8×8 wheeled armored vehicles being produced for the Swedish army.

Åkers announced today that the company has won a record order from Patria Land Systems, part of the contract for the delivery of 113 armored vehicles, awarded to Patria by Sweden’s defence procurement agency FMV. Åkers Krutbruk is part of the German owned IBD-group. According to the contract signed between the two companies, Åkers Krutbruk will provide complete protection solution for the vehicles. According to Åkers, the contract is significant and the biggest ever for Åkers Krutbruk.

The Swedish FMV provided this photo representing the AMV. This armored personnel vehicle configuration features external storage on the vehicle's sides, and a Protector remote weapon station. Photo: Patria

The vehicles will begin to be delivered in 2012 and will be in operational service in 2014. Swedish Armed Forces has an option to order 113 supplementary vehicles. “This is our biggest contract ever” says Niclas Sahlgren, CEO, Åkers Krutbruk “In the short term the order will create 20 to 25 new jobs since we will need both engineers and production staff. It will also be an important deal for the entire community of Strängnäs in a long period of time since we will involve local suppliers.

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