End Firm Protolab Oy has launched two newly upgraded variants of the 6×6 Protected Multi-Function Automobile (PMPV) Armoured Personnel Provider (APC), the PMPV 2 and PMPV 3. The brand new variants have been developed primarily based on person suggestions and are prepared to satisfy the necessities of Finland’s upcoming home 6×6 APC procurement program. This program is anticipated to start when competitor collaborating automobiles full R&D and market surveys have been concluded. Protolab can also be pursuing worldwide APC packages with the variants, beneath each direct industrial sale and technical cooperation/know-how switch agreements; and is at the moment awaiting outcomes and suggestions from a number of ongoing packages. The variants preserve the unique car’s highest potential built-in mine safety and ballistic safety ranges, with testing verifying the chassis’ potential to resist no less than 5 mine detonations, exceeding the best necessities of STANAG 4569.

The brand new variations incorporate larger engine energy rankings to offer higher efficiency in each on-road and off-road circumstances. The PMPV 2 is powered by a 325 hp diesel engine, whereas the PMPV 3 will be fitted with both a 360 hp or 450 hp diesel engine. The car cooling system has been up to date to satisfy the necessities of each new engine variations, redirecting cooling air to help in making the cabin extra comfy for the crew in scorching working circumstances. Each variations use Allison transmission, Katsa 2-speed switch field, and primary axles together with steering rear axle to maximise cost-efficiency, agility, and sturdiness, and to simplify upkeep. The PMPV can carry two crew and ten fully-equipped troops, or a cargo payload of as much as 10,000kg. Enhancements to the crew compartment embrace a re-designed structure to reinforce passenger consolation and house for tools, elevated room for C4I tools, and improved choices for reconfiguring the car for various operational profiles, equivalent to command and management, troop service, or medevac.


Protolab PMPV 6×6 (Protected Multi-Function Automobile)

“The PMPV’s slender (2.55m) width, steering rear axle, distinctive protecting construction, and superior mobility each on- and off-road has been designed to offer superior functionality within the city atmosphere for the vary of duties confronted by particular operations, safety, and disaster administration forces within the discipline. We now have launched these two new variants in direct response to market suggestions, and anticipate vital curiosity from the worldwide APC market from prospects seeking to change their current 6×6 car fleets with a cheap, protected and extremely cell resolution,” Juha Moisio, Enterprise Improvement Director, Protolab Oy commented.

“The outcomes of the mine blast testing, carried out by an unbiased, internationally acknowledged check physique, are excellent. Sometimes a car should survive the only required kinetic blast to attain the best STANAG ranking, whereas we put a single PMPV chassis by 5 blasts – certainly one of which was double the required explosive mass; and nonetheless ended up with a car that could possibly be repaired for service,” Juhani Kivimaki, Chief Technical Officer, Protolab, stated.

In the usual APC crew transport configuration, three completely different seating variations can be found: a suspended seat with a 5-point seat belt which is used additionally as the motive force and commander seats in all automobiles, a set seat with a 2-point lap belt which has confirmed to be extraordinarily environment friendly and durable in use, and a brand new compact seating system with a 2-point lap belt. Crew entrance and egress have additionally been improved, and the locking system of hatches all through the automobiles has been redesigned for simpler use. The PMPV MiSu is a Finnish-made six-wheeled amphibious mine-resistant ambush-protected armored personnel service (APC) designed for the Finnish Defence Forces as a potential alternative for its XA-180-series automobiles. The primary model was produced in 2015 and check manufacturing started in 2017. It was designed to function with ease of use, easy construction, and low-cost upkeep. The essential look and configuration of PMPV Misu are much like most wheeled MRAPs. The Misu is totally amphibious.

Protolab PMPV 6x6 (Protected Multi-Purpose Vehicle)
Protolab PMPV 6×6 (Protected Multi-Function Automobile)