The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected the Patria AMVXP 8×8 armored modular vehicle as the new Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier 8×8 vehicle for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force under the Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier (WAPC) program.
The selection includes manufacturing licence of the vehicles in Japan, with a solid contribution to the local economy and technology development securing the supply and service in Japan.
The Patria AMVXP 8×8 vehicles will be replacing the Type-96 8×8 Armored Personnel Carrier vehicles which are currently in service with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
“The selection of Patria AMVXP 8×8 and our proven licensing model is great proof of Patria’s capability to deliver the latest technology and to enable local security of supply,” said Janne Räkköläinen, Senior Vice President of Market Area World at Patria. “Patria AMVXP 8×8 has successfully proven its superior performance, as well as its mobility and protection, in various crisis management missions, and Japan will be the ninth user country of Patria’s AMV vehicle family. Patria has industry-leading experience of licensing and cooperation with local industries in many countries, and we are committed to this in Japan as well. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force will receive state-of-the-art and high performance Japanese manufactured AMVXP 8×8 vehicles to support critical operations for decades to come.”
Patria has worked for the WAPC program since 2018 and it has also established a local subsidiary, Patria Japan Ltd., to support its activities in Japan. The next step in the program is licence negotiations which will start immediately.
Patria sees the selection of Patria AMVXP 8×8 as a great opportunity to further develop cooperation in Japan with new services and solutions as well as to establish long-term strategic partnerships with Japan and its industries.