IDEX 2021 (Abu Dhabi, 21-25 February) represents not only a symbolic restart but also gives IvecoDefence Vehicles the chance to display its newest developments and to highlight its latest commercial successes to customers and visitors to the show.
MTV - Medium Tactical Vehicle
Iveco Defence Vehicles benefits from a consolidated experience in the domain of multirole protected vehicles, with the best seller Light Multirole Vehicle LMV 1, adopted by 14Countries, 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 greatnumber of soldiers have been saved during ballistic/mines/IEDs attacks, fulfilling one of theprimary 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 nowincludes vehicles between 7 and 19 tons GVW: MUV - Multirole Utility Vehicle, LMV 1 andLMV 2 - Light Multirole Vehicle, MPV -Medium Protected Vehicle and the new-born MTV- Medium Tactical Vehicle, with a GVW of 12.000 kg, which fills a gap much requested bythe market.
MTV 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 ofusers: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Units and Military Police.
The common elements of the different variants are the 6-cylinders 6.7 liters Diesel engine,able to reach 207 kW of power and 1000 Nm of torque, the automated transmission and the permanent 4x4 wheel-drive with 3 fully lockable differentials and high and low gears.
Protection is a fundamental feature as well: Iveco Defence Vehicles has made use of its deep expertise gained with LMV and MPV platforms. MTV variants, short and long cab and monocoque, are manufactured from ballistic steel and benefit from an add-on steel protection kit, which increases the ballistic and blast protection levels.
In terms of crew transportation, the Soft-Top and Hard-Top versions can accommodate ateam of 2+2. 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 ForceSecurity Vehicle can accommodate a crew of 2+6.
Moreover, MTV benefits from the latest digital systems, with CANBUS J1939, ready for C4Isystems, in combination with EMI/EMC according to standards MIL-STD 461 and AECTP500.
The MTV platform has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence for the “DVOW 12kNand RCWS”, that foresees the procurement of 12kN vehicles, 120 of them fitted with remotely Controlled Weapon Station. This project has by far 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 November 28th, 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 vehicles has been 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 4x4 armoured vehicles for the Italian Army, but the most significant experience comes from the development of the Centauro 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle and its successor, the Centauro2.
The new SUPERAV Land 8x8 armoured vehicle represents a new era for the evolution ofthe company’s land platforms. Inspiration came from SUPERAV 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicle, protagonist of the US Marine Corps ACV 1.1 program, which BAE Systems wasawarded, in partnership with Iveco Defence Vehicles.
SUPERAV Land has been independently developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles, starting from SUPERAV 8x8 design, with the purpose of providing a modular vehicle for landoperation with higher protection level and survivability, while relying on high-level system reliability, thoroughly assessed during thousands of hours of demanding performance andcapabilities tests.
Equipped with a new generation Iveco 6-cylinder multifuel engine with 700 horsepower and3.000 Nm torque, coupled with an automatic 7 speed transmission coupled with retarderand with proprietary H-type driveline, SUPERAV Land provides unique performance interms of speed and acceleration, performing best-in-class mobility on all terrains.
The suspended interior seat structure can host up to 8 troops while the positions for thecrew are 3. Thanks to an ideal combination of power, protection and payload, SUPERAVLand guarantees improved survivability against KE-threats, mines as well as IEDs andforce protection over currently fielded systems. Its modular reinforced roof is designed tomaximize compatibility with different unmanned turrets allowing uncompromised protectionfor the team and ensuring higher internal volumes and ergonomics.
Nonetheless, SUPERAV Land is designed to accommodate extensive GovernmentFurnished Equipment, including turrets, radios, Battery Management System, intercom andElectronic Counter Measures.
The vehicle is extremely adaptable to be deployed as APC - Armoured Personnel Carrier,CP - Command Post, IFV - Infantry Fighting Vehicle and ARV - Armoured Recovery Vehiclevariants.