Iveco Defense Vehicles is building on the remarkable commercial and operational success of its Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) to develop a version dedicated to Special Forces operations. Currently deployed in Afghanistan by four different nations, the LMV is well regarded by its users, and its high levels of protection and mobility. This decision to develop a Special Forces variant was supported by a number of Special Forces units, enabling their specific operational requirements to be taken into consideration form the design phase. The result is a robust, mobile adaptable platform which is well placed to meet the demand of SF missions. LMV was specifically designed to provide the user with outstanding mobility and terrain accessibility. To this end, the vehicle incorporates design features such as independent suspension, central tyre inflation and ABS. This meets the key requirement for special operations teams of maintaining mobility in the most demanding conditions. On road, the LMV can reach over 110 km/h. The kerb weight of the SF vehicle 4200 kg, providing an impressive payload of some 3,000 kgs. The vehicle features a low set, open rear cargo compartment which can be adapted to different layouts depending on the user’s specifications. Additional fuel or water tanks can be added, as well as stowage solutions for individual equipment, weapon systems and mission specific payloads. The SF LMV, which is already under evaluation by Special Forces from different countries, demonstrates IVECO DV’s capacity to understand and meet the customers’ requirements through a continuous programme of development and innovation.
IVECO has teamed up with a specialist weapon mount supplier to develop weapon supports and other mission specific features. The roll-bar is equipped with a weapon ring allowing the use of 7,62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun and 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. A larger ring mount, equipped with a suitable platform for the gunner, is under development. Typically a seat looking towards the rear can be mounted, in order to provide observation and covering fire in the rear arc.
The doors and the armoured glass in the windscreen provide a tunable level of ballistic protection, readily upgradable with add-on armour packs. To maximise payload and mobility, the base SF vehicle is fitted with armoured doors for ballistic protection but not with an anti-mine plate, and this can be installed if required. The crew is protected by a tubular frame roll-bar. Up to five crew can be carried, with the configuration of the seats being flexible.
The vehicle benefits from the proven LMV chassis which ensures logistic commonality for those armies which already deploy the standard LMV. The 140 kW engine provides a power-to-weight ratio of about 20 kW/t and is coupled to a six speed automatic gearbox with hydro-dynamic coupling converter and transfer-box.
Currently the windscreen can be lowered, although the central roll-bar is fixed. A collapsible roll bar is under development which will allow the vehicle’s height to be minimised for air transport. In the reduced width configuration, the SF version of the LMV should fit inside the CH-47 Chinook helicopter, and will be transportable in all tactical transport aircraft.
7,62 or 12,7mm machine gun. 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
In evaluation by various countries.
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Support for weapons.
Modular protection against small arms and mine blast.