Patria’s subsidiary Milrem LCM and BAE Systems have signed a contract to support Estonia’s fleet of CV9035 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).
Press Release, 17 April: Milrem LCM, an Estonian provider of defence vehicle lifecycle management, will provide maintenance and repair services for CV9035 vehicles from its facilities in Estonia. The first batch of IFVs arrived in Estonia in October 2016, followed by a second shipment in December 2017.
The agreement is part of BAE Systems’ wider contract with the Estonian government to maintain and sustain 44 CV9035 vehicles acquired from the Netherlands in 2014. This co-operation will provide long-term benefits to the Estonian Defence Forces by sustaining and developing these vehicles for years to come.
“We are proud to work with BAE Systems’ as its preferred maintenance support partner in Estonia. Milrem LCM is committed to providing the most reliable framework for the Estonian Defence Forces as the country seeks to increase the combat capability of its land forces, now and in the future,” says Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem LCM.BAE Systems is also teaming with Milrem LCM in the pursuit of the CV90 Support Vehicles re-build programme. The requirements, expected from the Estonian Center for Defence Investment later this year, are predicted to cover the maintenance, repair and rebuild of an additional 37 CV90 MkI vehicles procured from Norway. Once outfitted, the support vehicles will form part of the same mechanised battalion as the CV9035.
Estonia is one of seven user nations operating CV90 IFV. There are more than 1,280 vehicles in 15 variants in service with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands.
Milrem LCM, owned by Patria (60%) and Mootor Grupp (40%), is a reliable and trustworthy partner for the Estonian Defence Forces. Patria’s experience and know-how support Milrem to grow further and extend the coverage of Milrem’s services to provide comprehensive and professional life cycle support for full range of defence equipment.