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Estonia, Latvia Ink $700M Contract for 3,000 Army Autos

Estonia and Latvia have signed a 693-million-euro ($730.5 million) framework settlement with three mobility builders to produce navy autos.

Beneath the contract, the businesses will present as much as 3,000 autos comprising numerous fashions of wheeled programs over seven years.

Classes embrace logistical autos for paved roads and tactical autos for each asphalt and off-road deployments.

Veho will ship autos of as much as 5 tons (5,000 kilograms), whereas programs weighing extra might be produced by Volvo Eesti and Scania Eesti.

All programs might be shipped in elements. The primary autos will arrive within the Baltic nations by 2024.

Work for the contract features a three-year extension interval, relying on the governments’ necessities.

“Within the first stage of the procurement, the acquisition of almost 400 autos is deliberate,” Estonian Defence Forces Technical and Weapon Techniques Chief Maj. Raigo Puusepp said.

“The introduction of a brand new technology of autos will make sure the sustainability of logistical help for the Protection Forces, eases entry to spare elements, and will increase the effectiveness and mobility of our models.“

Mercedes-Benz military vehicles
Mercedes-Benz navy autos. Picture: Veho

Updating Automobile Belongings

Upon supply, the autos might be distributed throughout the Estonian and Latvian protection forces, protection leagues, and police and border forces.

Some programs might be made obtainable for buy to every nation’s protection ministries.

“To date, the Estonian Defence Forces principally have been geared up with the autos which have been beforehand utilized by the allies, however as a result of heightened safety state of affairs in Europe, these assets have been depleted,” Estonian Defence Investments Strategic Class Supervisor Erko Sepri defined.

“Now, for the primary time ever, we’ve the chance to order new autos for the Estonian Defence Forces based mostly on their precise wants.”

Vehicles From Volvo

Whereas Veho and Scania didn’t specify the autos they are going to provide, Volvo stated it can ship 5 truck configurations based mostly on the corporate’s Ahead Management Medium Xtreme or FMX heavy-duty vehicles.

Alongside the platforms, Volvo will present spare elements and upkeep.

The vehicles might be fabricated on the agency’s Tuve meeting plant in Gothenburg, Sweden.


“This can be a vital deal for Volvo Protection and a proof level of the reliability of our merchandise and of Volvo as a long-term enterprise accomplice,” Volvo Protection President Andreas Svenungsson stated.

“I’m wanting ahead to working with our Estonian and Latvian prospects in tailoring the perfect services for them through the years to return.”

Forward Control Medium Xtreme (FMX) truck
Ahead Management Medium Xtreme (FMX) truck. Picture: Volvo