New Lockheed/Patria vehicle passes test

April 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

DALLAS, April 4 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin reports its modular-designed Havoc 8x8 armored personnel carrier for the U.S. Marine Corps has completed amphibious testing.

Tests of the vehicle, which the company is offering in a Marine Corps vehicle competition, were conducted in California and demonstrated the Havoc's capability in resisting water penetration.

"The Havoc 8x8 showed its ability to negotiate all surf and wave conditions required by the United States Marine Corps," said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The vehicle maintained 100 percent operational readiness throughout the test."

The Havoc -- a team effort of Lockheed and Patria Land Systems of Finland -- is a multi-mission expeditionary ground combat vehicle based on a Patria design. Lockheed said its configuration allows use of a wide range of weapons, sensor and communications options.

"Havoc's designed-in supportability, combined with Lockheed Martin's award-winning experience in managing performance-based logistics programs for ground platforms, enables increased system readiness and lower ownership costs," Lockheed said.

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