IDEX 2021 gives Iveco Defence Vehicles the chance to display its newest developments and to highlight its latest commercial successes to customers and visitors.
Medium Tactical Vehicle
Iveco Defence Vehicles benefits from a consolidated experience in the domain of multirole protected vehicles. With the best selling Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV 1), adopted by 14 Countries, and the heavier Medium Protected Vehicle (MPV) in service in Italy and Lebanon. Both vehicles have already been extensively deployed in high-risk operations where a great number of soldiers have been saved during ballistic/mines/IEDs attacks, fulfilling one of the primary goals required by any customer.
The range has been completed by a brand-new vehicle, the Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV), presented in IDEX for the first time. Iveco Defence Vehicles multirole vehicles range now includes vehicles between 7 and 19 tons GVW:
- Multirole Utility Vehicle
- LMV 1 and LMV
- MTV – Medium Tactical Vehicle, with.
The MTV has a GVW of 12.000 kg, which fills a gap much requested by the market. It is a modular and versatile vehicle platform, common base for all its variants, both protected and unprotected. This high-performance vehicle efficiently adapts to a variety of users: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Units and Military Police.
The common elements of the different variants are the six cylinder 6.7 litre Diesel engine which can reach 207 kW of power and 1000 Nm of torque with automated transmission and the permanent 4×4 wheel-drive featuring fully lockable differentials and high and low gears.
Iveco Defence Vehicles has made use of its deep expertise gained with the LMV and MPV platforms, meaning MTV variants are manufactured from ballistic steel and benefit from an add-on steel protection kit. This increases the ballistic and blast protection levels.
In terms of crew transportation, the Soft-Top and Hard-Top versions can accommodate a team of 2+2 while the Pick-up can accommodate a crew of 2. The Casualty transport can accommodate a crew of 2+2 lying or 2+4 sitting casualties. The Military Police / Air Force Security Vehicle can accommodate a crew of 2+6. Moreover, the MTV benefits from the latest digital systems, with CANBUS J1939 ready for C4I systems in combination with EMI/EMC according to standards MIL-STD 461 and AECTP 500.
The MTV platform has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence. This project has been the biggest procurement plan in Europe for multirole vehicles over the last 10 years, both in terms of budget and number of vehicles. On 28 November 2019, Iveco Defence Vehicles signed the contract with the Dutch Ministry of Defence to initially provide 918 medium multirole protected vehicles. In December 2020, an additional batch of 267 was ordered by the Dutch MoD, increasing the fleet to a total of 1185 units.
Iveco Defence Vehicles has a long-standing tradition of excellence in developing wheeled armoured platforms that dates back to the 1930s, when the plant was established in Bolzano, Northern Italy. Since then, the company has developed several 4×4 armoured vehicles for the Italian Army, but the most significant experience comes from the development of the CENTAURO 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle and its successor, the CENTAURO 2.
The new SUPERAV Land 8×8 armoured vehicle represents a new era for the evolution of the company’s land platforms. Inspiration came from SUPERAV 8×8 amphibious armoured vehicle, protagonist of the US Marine Corps ACV 1.1 programme, which BAE Systems was awarded, in partnership with Iveco Defence Vehicles.
SUPERAV Land has been independently developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles, starting from SUPERAV 8×8 design, with the purpose of providing a modular vehicle for land operation with higher protection level and survivability. This comes alongside relying on high-level system reliability, thoroughly assessed during thousands of hours of demanding performance and capabilities tests.
Equipped with a new generation Iveco six cylinder multifuel engine with 700 horsepower and 3.000 Nm torque, coupled with an automatic seven speed transmission and retarder in addition to proprietary H-type driveline, SUPERAV Land provides unique performance in terms of speed and acceleration, performing best-in-class mobility on all terrains.
The suspended interior seat structure can host up to eight troops with three crew positions. Thanks to an ideal combination of power, protection and payload, SUPERAV Land guarantees improved survivability against KE-threats, mines as well as IEDs and force protection over currently fielded systems. Its modular reinforced roof is designed to maximise compatibility with different unmanned turrets allowing for uncompromised protection for the team and ensuring higher internal volumes and ergonomics.
SUPERAV Land is designed to accommodate extensive Government Furnished Equipment, including:
- battery management system
- electronic counter measures.
The vehicle is extremely adaptable and can be deployed as an:
- Armoured Personnel Carrier
- Command Post
- Infantry Fighting Vehicle
- Armoured Recovery Vehicle