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SISU (Patria) XA 185, 6 x 6, 24V, D (Front view, right side)

 
 

Front view, right side

Picture courtesy of Benny Schmidt, Skaerbaek

 

Danish Army Specific: The Danish Army have leased 11 Patria (former SISU) XA-185 from the Finnish Army in an unspecified period of time. 4 vehicles will be stationed at the forces in Bosnia, 4 in Kosovo and the remaining 3 will stay in Denmark for training purposes. The idea of leasing have never been tried in the Army before.
4 ambulances arrived in December. Another 4 will arrive mid February 2002 and the remaining 3 mid March 2002.
The ambulances are scheduled to be superseded by
Mowag Piranha IIIC in February 2006.
Historical
: Developed by Sisu Defense (now Patria Vehicles OY) on a request from the Finish Defence Forces in 1980. A prototype of the first model, the XA-180, was handed over on October 31th. An order for a total of 59 vehicles was places on the 22nd of December. The first vehicles were delivered in August 1984.
The XA-180 developed into the XA-185 in 1994. Besides a new engine and transmission, it features more firing ports and crew hatches. Another improvement is the fitting of a quick-camouflage system. That system includes a camouflage net that reportedly makes it virtually invisible to infra-red and radar observation.
Other known users are the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
Length: 7.36 m (287 inches).
Width: 2.90 m (113 inches).
Height: 2.78 m (108 inches).
Weight: 19.000 kg (41.800 lb.) - reduced to 16.000 kg (35.200 lb.) in terrain.
Armour
: 6 - 12 mm.
Engine
: 6-cylinder Valmet, type 612 DWI, turbo charged, intercooler, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 246.
Transmission: Automatic, Allison type MD 3560P.
Transfer case: N/A.
Electrical system: 24 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: N/A.
Tyres: 14.00 - R20.
Fording depth:
without preparation: 1.80 m.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Diesel.
Fuel capacity: 290 liter (64 gallons).
Range: 250 km (156 miles).
Crew: 1 + 1.
Additional: The ambulance takes either 2 sitting and 2 stretcher-patients or 6 sitting and 1 stretcher-patient.


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