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Light Multirole Vehicle LMV - M65E19 WM

The Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), the vehicle for tactical missions with permanent four-wheel drive, referred to as the "Lince" (Lynx) by the Italian army and the "Panther" by the English army, continues to play a key role on the international scene. It is not only the British and Italian armed forces that are satisfied with its performance levels: the 4x4, in fact, was adopted in Spain, Norway, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Austria and the Slovakian Republic. . By 2012 over 3,000 units had been sold to ten European countries.

Entirely designed and built by Iveco Defence Vehicles in Bolzano, the LMV makes use of sophisticated technologies, the strengths of which are the excellent mobility characteristics and the sturdy anti-mine protection, verified on many peace-keeping missions. The LMV stems from the idea of creating a vehicle with the mobility of an off-road vehicle with the protection of an armored one. On many occasions, its protection played a fundamental role in saving the lives of the patrol soldiers or those escorting convoys of humanitarian aid.

The LMV uses sophisticated technologies to deliver superb mobility, reliability and anti-mine protection, as has been amply demonstrated in the various missions in which the vehicle is deployed. Every effort has been made to render the interior of the cabin safe and to maximise crew protection in the event of an anti-personnel mine, anti-tank mine, or roadside bomb exploding. The entire cab structure is designed to absorb and dissipate energy, and even the seats incorporate special damping systems.

The vehicle is equipped with a Diesel common rail engine with a power of 190 CV, connected to an automatic 6-speed transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter and a two-speed transfer box installed together with the differential on the rear axle. Hydro-pneumatic disc brakes are fitted at both the front and rear. The independent front and rear suspension, combined with the load distribution per axle and the optimised torque distribution, make for excellent off-road mobility for this type of vehicle.

The vehicle concept is modular: ballistic protection and trim versions can be added depending on the customer's requirements and thus make this vehicle suitable for many different uses: passenger transport, pick-up, ambulance. Independent suspension, permanent four-wheel drive and excellent weight distribution guarantee maximum mobility. The vehicle can travel at up to 130 kilometres per hour, overcome gradients of 60 per cent and wade in waters up to one and a half metres deep. The LMV affords high reliability and affordable servicing, which reduces the necessary logistic support and the related operational running costs.

Panther - Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV)

The Ministry of Defence signed a contract worth 166 million (including VAT) on 06 November 2003 with Alvis Vickers Ltd, for the manufacture of the Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV). On 17 July 2003 it was announced that the FCLV would be deployed with the RAF Regiment and that the contract value would be worth over 200 million. Ongoing work on armored fighting vehicle rationalisation led to a review of the initial requirement for vehicles. Consequently, the MoD revised the size of the initial procurement of FVLV whilst retaining the option to procure additional FCLV at a later date. The RAF Regiment would no longer receive vehicles from the initial fleet of FCLV and the contract value of the initial work has been revised.

The FCLV would perform the command and liaison role and replace the ageing and disparate vehicle fleet within the maneuver support brigades comprising elements of the 430 Series, Saxon, Land Rover and Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) fleets. From its planned in-service date of 2006, the FCLV would provide levels of crew protection and mobility commensurate with their roles in an increasingly extended ground manoeuvre area. It would offer protection against small arms, blast and antipersonnel mines. Those in the direct fire zone would contain a self-defence weapon (SDW) that can be operated under armour to provide suppressive fire and surveillance and target acquisition (STA) system would be provided to enhance situational awareness, reconnaissance, targeting and reporting. The vehicle has been selected to deliver the solution to the Armed Forces' requirement for enhanced speed, reliability, flexibility and protection for a wide range of users in combat or peacekeeping operations.

The award of this contract to Alvis Vickers Ltd was excellent news for both the Armed Forces and the defence industry. It would sustain approximately 35 highly skilled jobs at the Alvis Vickers Ltd facility at Telford, and a further 25 within other UK companies. This is the culmination of work conducted 144WA by both the MoD and industry, and is a good example of the principles of Smart Acquisition being put into practice. It is incumbent on the MoD and industry to work together to ensure that our Armed Forces have access to the right equipment, in the right quantities, at the right time and at the right price.

Faced with the choice of a South African vehicle at 152,000 and an Italian-built version at 413,000 each for its Future Command and Liaison Vehicle program, the MoD unerringly went Italian. While most other armies had selected the LMV as a multirole or patrol vehicle the British Army selected the LMV for its Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV) program. The government continually sought to give the impression that it was being manufactured in the UK. In fact, the Panther was an untried Italian design called the LMV (Light Multi-role Vehicle), which explains why so much money created so few British jobs.

The first batch of Panther Command and Liaison Vehicles was delivered to troops in Afghanistan in 12 May 2009, complete with the latest battle-ready upgrades. Weighing over seven tonnes, the Panther protected vehicle is fitted with the latest high-tech developments, including a remote-controlled weapon system that allows the user to operate a machine gun with a camera and joystick from inside its turret. It can operate in all weather conditions, day and night, using thermal imaging equipment that 'sees' in the dark, and the vehicles are protected against a range of threats including small arms and blast and anti-personnel mines.

Russian Service

Iveco armoured vehicles took part in the massive military parade in May 2012 through Red Square in Moscow celebrating the 67th anniversary of Russias victory in the Second World War. This years parade was a historical event, since it was the first time ever that foreign-made armored vehicles participated in the celebrations of the Russian nations victory over Nazism, held in Moscows most famous square.

The participation of the Iveco LMV in Russias most famous military parade followed the agreement that Iveco Defence Vehicles signed with Oboronservice, a company controlled by the Russian Defence Ministry, in June 2011. Under the terms of this agreement, Iveco and Oboronservice began an industrial joint venture to gradually localise production of a version of the LMV specially developed for the Russian market. The first batch of 100 vehicles was completed, and the plan was to boost production to between 300 and 500 vehicles a year.

Gross Vehicle Weight
  • from 6 to 7 tons
  • Main versions
  • Chassis cab
  • Crew carrier
  • Protected vehicle
  • Cabs
  • two-seat cab (driver + 1 passenger)
  • crew carrier (driver + 3 / 4 people)
  • Suspension
  • mechanical suspension, front axle independent suspension with torsion bars, rear axle semi-elliptic leaf springs
  • Gearbox
  • full automatic ZF transmission 6 speeds + Rev
  • Drive line
  • 4 x 4 full-time with transfer differential lock
  • Engine power Euro 3
  • 3.0 litres 190 HP

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