Scania supplies vehicles and services for Finland’s defence forces
ET | Source:SCANIA AB
The Finnish Defence Forces have signed an agreement with Scania’s subsidiary
Scania Suomi Oy to buy a total of 184 trucks and tractor units, to be delivered
through 2017. The contract includes service and maintenance contracts for 6+6+3
years, plus an option for delivering an additional 69 trucks. Total order value
is in the area of SEK 600 million.
“This is a strategically significant order for Scania,” states Christopher
Podgorski, Senior Vice President Trucks at Scania. “It shows that Scania can
offer the uptime and performance required in defence applications, and at the
same time, when the buyer is counting every penny, be the manufacturer that
offers the lowest total cost of ownership.
The Finnish Defence Forces are buying both tractors and rigids. Every one of
them has at least two drive axles, and some of the tractor units have three
driving axles for extremely good traction. The vehicles are primarily intended
for material transport and the majority of them are equipped with hooklifts. All
of them are equipped with Scania’s 13-litre, 6-cylinder inline engine and
Scania’s medium-sized G cab. Apart from the choice of colour, the trucks will
differ insignificantly from civilian trucks, primarily by retrofitting certain
types of equipment at Scania’s workshop in Jyvaskyla.
“This order from the Finnish Defence is proof that Scania’s approach – offering
ordinary civilian vehicles to extremely demanding defence customers – is bearing
fruit,” says Heikki Fant, Product Manager Defence Applications at Scania.
“Finland is coming to the same reasoned conclusion as a number of other defence
customers, that there is no longer a need for specially equipped vehicles to
match their shifting military requirements. It’s also worth noting that the
engines meet Euro 6, the latest emission class requirements, and that R&M will
be taken care of in Scania’s nationwide network of workshops.”
Deliveries begin in 2014 and will be completed in 2017.
For further information, contact:
Heikki Fant, Product Manager Defence, tel. +46 70 758 30 59,
Örjan Åslund, Product Affairs, Scania Trucks, tel. +46 70 289 83 78,
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products account for a growing proportion of the company’s operations, assuring
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