BAE Systems to Provide More Armored Vehicles to Finland
The Finnish Defence Forces have tapped BAE Systems to supply 25 more RG32M armored patrol vehicles in a €12.5 million ($15.7 million USD) deal that was announced on June 13. The contract builds on previous Finnish orders 26 vehicles in 2010, and 23 vehicles in 2011. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in April 2013 and are expected to be completed in July 2013.
The RG32M is an all-purpose, vehicle which the company says is “mine-hardened” as opposed “mine resistant,” since it is primarily intended to fulfill convoy support, infantry patrol and reconnaissance missions, and has not been outfitted with the heavier armor found on MRAP-type combat vehicles.
The Swedish Armed Forces currently operate 200 RG32M vehicles, some of which have taken part in operations in Afghanistan. In addition, the Irish Defence Forces operate 27 light tactical versions of the RG32, and the United Nations has also purchased several vehicles.