Swedish company to armor Patria vehicles

Feb. 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM

AKERS STYCKEBRUK, Sweden, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Swedish armor specialist Akers Krutbruk has been chosen by Patria Land Systems to provide protection suites for the Patria's AMV 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles.

The vehicles are part of an order for armored vehicles from Sweden's defense procurement agency. The monetary value of the order from Patria wasn't disclosed.

Akers Krutbruk is part of the German owned IBD-group.

Delivery of the vehicles to Sweden will begin next year and they will be in operational service in 2014.

Sweden's military, with its contract with Patria, has an option to order 113 supplementary vehicles.

"This is our biggest contract ever" said Niclas Sahlgren, chief executive officer of Akers 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 Strangnas … since we will involve local suppliers."

Strangnas is the municipality within which Akers Krutbruk has headquarters.

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