AEV 3 Kodiak stands up to extreme Arctic conditions in Sweden
The Swedish Army has successfully tested the AEV 3 Kodiak armoured engineer vehicle (based on the MBT Leopard 2 chassis) at Boden in northern Sweden. Under a lease agreement between the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH, the AEV 3 Kodiak was tested under real winter conditions close to the Arctic Circle. Beforehand, Rheinmetall Landsysteme spent several days training the Swedish Army's test team to operate the AEV 3 Kodiak. The AEV 3 Kodiak had already been successfully tested by Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark.
During the test, the Kodiak's ability to operate even under conditions of snow and ice were carefully evaluated. The trials confirmed that the Kodiak meets Sweden's requirements for a modern, high-performance, multiple purpose engineering system.
At the end of the trials the Kodiak, together with the main test results, was presented to the International AEV Coordination Group, which, apart from Sweden, consists of Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Spain. Chaired by Sweden, the group was established to harmonise national AEV requirements and programmes.
Following the positive outcome of these trials in Sweden, the company now expects the system to be procured by both the Swedish and Danish armed forces.
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