New licensing agreement for Robomak

Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Patria of Finland and Poland's Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne S.A. have signed a new licensing agreement for the manufacture of the Rosomak armored vehicle.

The agreement, which follow a 2003 deal, enables the Polish company to continue manufacturing of Rosomaks until 2023. It also gives the company maintenance rights until 2052.

Patria retains full rights to the Rosomak and continues as the sole source provider of the most critical vehicle components.

The Rosomak is armed 8x8 multi-role vehicle -- based on Patria's AMV product family -- with a high payload capacity and equipped with heavy weapon systems. Polish forces have used the vehicle in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force.

The Rosomak can be transported by an aircraft such as a C-130 and has amphibious capabilities.

The Finnish government owns more than 70 percent of Patria, while Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne is a state-owned company.

Additional details of the licensing agreement were not released.

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