Iveco debuted a new version of its successful Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV), which boosts payload by about 50 percent and is described by the firm as a radical overhaul of earlier designs. (Tom Kington / Staff)
PARIS — Italy’s Iveco has given a show debut to a new version of its successful Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV), which boosts payload by about 50 percent and is described by the firm as a radical overhaul of earlier designs.
The new generation LMV, which was shown at the Eurosatory exhibition here, is due to be delivered to Norway this year and responds to a host of recommendations made by Norway after that country used earlier versions of the vehicle in Afghanistan.
Payload has grown from about a ton to 1.5 tons, the vehicle’s weight increases from 7.2 tons to 7.8 tons, while internal volume has been increased by 10 percent, said Flavio Marchesoni, sales and marketing manager for Iveco Defence Vehicles.
“It’s a really important change,” he said, noting that Norwegian troops in Afghanistan had requested more room in the cabin of the vehicle.
The January 2012 order by Norway for 62 vehicles raises the country’s total order to 170, part of an overall order of about 4,000 vehicles placed by 10 nations, including the UK.
After starting life with modular armor, which was later made permanent, and a modular roof, which has become rigid, the LMV has evolved radically, as nations requested changes while placing orders for successive tranches, often based on experience in Afghanistan.
“Customers always want something new,” said Marchesoni.
The latest Norwegian vehicle will sport a Kongsberg 12.7mm gun turret and features improved electro-magnetic capability, cutting down on interference between electrical equipment on board like the radio and the jammer. The bonnet is now armored to protect the engine from gunfire.
Marchesoni said the new version would be offered as a standard format and possibly as a successor to the 1A version recently purchased by Italy.
Iveco also expects soon to land its first Middle East customer for the vehicle, Marchesoni said. ■