SVK MOD commences verification trials of 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle prototype

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MOD specialists from the Military Technical and Testing Institute (VTSÚ) Záhorie have commenced verification trials of the joint 8x8 Slovak-Finnish Infantry Fighting Vehicle prototype. The verification trials will last until mid-January 2018. They will be followed by military trials well until March. As part of them, the vehicle will undertake a range of trials in Finland, whilst operating in extreme winter conditions.
 
As part of the military trials in Slovakia, the SVK Armed Forces are planning to test the prototype vehicle over an uninterrupted period of operation for 28 days. On successful completion of the trials, further technical and organisational adjustments may be put in place to deliver potential technical and design alterations. KONŠTRUKTA-Defence (JSC) is the prime contractor for the vehicle prototype R&D programme.

The 8x8 IFV prototype has already been presented to the public at MOD-sponsored Industry Day held at VTSÚ Záhorie. Assuming that the technical and military trials of the pre-production prototype prove a success, the SVK MOD will go ahead with the procurement of up to 81 vehicles through to 2024.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - ilustračné - Date: 14.12.2017
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