- Patria (company)
company_name = Patria Oyj
company_type = Public
key_people = Heikki Allonen, Chief Executive Officer
industry = Aerospace and defense
products = Armored vehicles, weapon systems, munitions, space technology, aircraft parts
revenue = profit 447,8 million
net_income = profit 26,9 million € (2006)
num_employees = 2,447 (2006)
parent = Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy (73,2 %), EADS N.V. (26,8%)
homepage = [http://www.patria.fi/index2_fin.htm www.patria.fi]
Patria is a Finnish company which produces a wide range of defence, aviation and aerospace technology.
In April 1921, the company Ilmailuvoimien Lentokonetehdas (Air Force Aircraft Factory, often abbreviated to I.V.L. or IVL) was established at
Suomenlinnain Helsinkiin April 1921.
The first aircraft to be produced was a license copy of the German design
Hansa-Brandenburg W.33, which was called A.22 Hansa. Soon thereafter, the company began making own designs and license manufacture other types of aircraft.
In February 1928 the company was renamed into Valtion Lentokonetehdas (State Aircraft Factory, often abbreviated to V.L. or VL) and another factory was established at
Santahamina, Helsinki. There tooIndigenous designs and license built aircraft. The most numerous type at the time was the Fokker D.XXIwith 90 produced.
In 1935" Valtion Lentokonetehdas" was re-organized, the works at Suomenlinna and Santahamina were closed and all design and production work was moved to
Tampere. In 1940 a second factory was opened at Kuorevesi, three years later a third one was opened at Linnavuori.
With the ending of
World War IIin 1945, the "Valtion Lentokonetehdas" and other state owned factories were merged into the company Valtion Metallitehtaat Lentokonetehdas (State Metal Factories, often abbreviated to V.M.T. or VMT). This company did not only focus on aircraft but on anything from general house-hold machinery to engines.
The Finnish aircraft design declined during a number of years and it was not until 1951 when a new design was flown. That same year "Valtion Metallitehtaat Lentokonetehdas" was re-named
ValmetOY Lentokonetehdas (Valmet Aircraft Factory) with its subsidiaries named "Valmet Oy Tampereen tehdas ja Kuoreveden tehdas" (Valmet Oy Tampere works and Kuorevesi works). The company has been renamed many times since the 1960s. In 1963 Karhumäki works at Kuorevesi became part of Valmet. Its main business was maintenance work for the Ilmavoimat (Finnish AF). In 1967 Valmet moved all its aviation activities to Kuorevesi. In 1974 "Valmet OY Lentokonetehdas" was renamed Valmet Lentokonetehtaat (Valmet Aviation Industries), and in 1989 "Valmet Lentokonetehdas" was renamed into Valmet Lentokoneteollisuus (Valmet Aircraft Industries). On September 5, 1996 "Valmet" became Patria Finavitec Oy.
IVL A.22 Hansa(Hansa-Brandenburg W.33)
IVL D.26 HaukkaI
IVL K.1 Kurki
VL D.27 HaukkaII
VL E.30 Kotka
VL F.30 Paarma
* Letov Š-218 Smolik
de Havilland Moth
Fouga CM 170R Magister
Saab 35 Draken
Valmet L-70 Miltrainer Vinka
Valmet L-80TP Turbo-Vinka
Valmet PIK-23 Towmaster
Valmet L-90TP Redigo
* F-18C Hornet
* Mini-UAVs [ [http://eurosatory.janes.com/public/adlink/ads/1156755.pdf Brochure on the Mini-UAV] ]
;Aircraft parts for:
Airbus A400M(when initiated)
Electronicsand space technologyetc.
AMOS- Advanced Mortar System
*NEMO - Light version of AMOS
As of 5 September
2008, Patria is under investigation by the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation on its vehicle project in Sloveniaand howitzer project in Egypt. [ [http://www.patria.fi/modules/release/show_release.asp?Id=7FA2B289553C418DA029ACD16953D07B&groupid=DE8140FCDD1C41ADA5CE28E1A5674A41&layout=2005_eng&tabletarget=data_1&pid=CF52E1D41C9B4E47BEBF84BA37461E71 Patria press release about the investigation] ] The company's former CEO Jorma Wiitakorpi resigned at August 18th, 2008when the investigation was still ongoing. He was succeeded by former board member Heikki Allonen. [ [http://www.patria.fi/modules/release/show_release.asp?Id=F1C95226F7484513A68D7B9CC2C81799&groupid=DE8140FCDD1C41ADA5CE28E1A5674A41&layout=2005_eng&tabletarget=data_1&pid=CF52E1D41C9B4E47BEBF84BA37461E71 Patria press release about the CEO change] ] Furthermore, several other employees have been arrested on charges of bribery. The case is ongoing and currently (as of 5 September 2008) the criminal investigation is underway. Yleisradio's investigative program MOT published details of the case, causing a scandal in Slovenia, since the Slovenian Government including Prime Minister Janez Jansais allegedly involved.
* [http://www.patria.fi/index2.htm Company website]
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