Tactical Vehicle Iveco LMV

Tactical Vehicle Iveco LMV

Iveco LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle) is a 4WD tactical vehicle developed by Iveco, and in service with several countries.

After its adoption by the Italian Army under the name VTLM Lince (Lynx), it won the FCLV (Future Command and Liaison Vehicle) competition of the British Army as the Panther and has been adopted by the armies of Belgium, Croatia, Norway, Russia and Spain. The Italian Army took vehicles to both Afghanistan and Lebanon. In Afghanistan Lince vehicles have saved passengers’ lives in several attacks with IEDs.

Design

The LMV uses modular armor packs to adjust its level of protection to its mission requirements.[2] As regards mine protection the vehicle’s height from the ground has been increased to 493 mm without augmenting the overall height (less than 2 meters); it uses also suspended seats of aeronautical derivation, v-hull under body, and a collapsible sandwich structure in the floor to deflect and absorb mine blasts. Its exhaust is piped through its C-pillars, and its turbocharger is located underneath the engine to reduce its thermal signature. Mobility is helped by a run-flat system, allowing the vehicle to move even with completely deflated tires.

Variants

Panther CLV

The Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle or Panther CLV is the British Army variant of Iveco LMV. The Panther CLV came from the “Future Command and Liaison Vehicle” (FCLV) project. Design modifications were made by BAE Systems to allow assembly at BAE Systems Land Systems’ factory in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Panther seats 4, while the VTLM Lince seats 5. Over 400 Panthers are now being assembled at BAE Systems factory in Newcastle upon Tyne under a £160 million contract. It is intended that the Panther will replace vehicles including Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (tracked) (CVRT), FV 432, Saxon and Land Rover Truck Utility Medium (TUM).[3]

The armour protection is tuneable by the replacement of armour packs within the vehicle’s external skin. The basic add-on armour pack provides ballistic protection against small arms fire and a heavier kit provides protection against ambush including mines.

Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (CLV) are equipped with Enforcer RCWS weapons stations which are developed by SELEX Galileo. The weapon station can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

The first Panthers have been delivered to the 1st Mechanised Brigade (United Kingdom) and handfuls are undergoing hot weather trials in Afghanistan.

LMV 2

Iveco introduced at Eurosatory 2016 an improved, higher performace new variant of its Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) family of light tactical vehicles. Sofar Iveco delivered over 4,000 LMVs to 13 customers worldwide. The largest fleets are operating in Italy, Belgium, UK, Russia and Spain. The new vehicle designated LMV 2 is a major improvement over the original LMV, that has been modified and adapted through the years, adding more protection, capacity and electronics to meet user demand.

LMV 2 increases the baseline platform to better meet new demands, for higher performance, greater reliability and increased crew comfort. The result is a growth of about 40 percent in payload capacity from 800 up to 1500 kg, depending on vehicle configuration and armor suite. The previous model was limited in its payload carrying capacity, especially with some configurations required to carry over half a ton of electronic equipment to support combat missions. In such circumstances, electrical power supply has also been an issue with past versions.

The new version is powered y a 220 hp diesel engine coupled to an upgraded driveine capable of managing increased power levels. The air filtration has also been enhanced to cope with the increased engine intake. A new automatic eight speed gearbox (adding two speeds over the previous transmission). This change is making gear transitions smoother, particularly off-road. The vehicle is also equipped with a new, automatic drive management (ADM) system to support optimized performance in off-road mobility. Another improvement is the addition of electrnic stability control (ESP) that also helps manage off-road mobility and enhance driving safety on road.

The protected crew cell is supports five fully equipped soldiers with body armor and combat webbing. Protection level has been improved in the new model, particularly in the IED protection, by using an extra hinge to the ballistic and blast protected side doors. The new hard top ‘dual role’, mae of a ballistic steel monocoque framework with lightweight aluminum/steel roll bar, allows the vehicle to carry a manual or remote weapon station turrets. Using new, advanced passive protection in the side doors enables the designers to maintain the door weight by increasing the level of protection.

The vehicle is designed to carry more electronic a dn mission systems, including radios, computers, battle management (BMS) systems, intercome, jammers, satellite communications, remote weapon stations and optronic sensors. Carefull design of the vehicle’s electronic networking and power distribution systems minimizes electromagnetic interference (EMC). Subsystems integration has also been eased through the implementation of a new vehicle digitised electronic architecture and an improved power supply.

Maintenance has been simplified by reducing the number of replaceable systems and improving the type and location of components that have been hard to access in the past. Furthermore, the digitised dashboard provides maintenance data and indications on demand, allowing the crew to accurately review and schedule maintenance tasks, instead of predicting and scheduling preventive maintenance.

Other variants

The LMV is available in two different wheelbases, 3.2 m (126.0 in) and 3.5 m (137.8 in). A two door, two seater is also available.

Specifications

Mass 6.5 tons (STANAG 4569 Level 3)
Length 5,504 mm (216.7 in) (4,704 mm (185.2 in))
Width 2,050 mm (80.7 in)
Height 1,950 mm (76.8 in)
Crew
  • 1+4
  • 1+3 (Panther)
  • 1+6 (Stretched Variant)

Armor STANAG 4569 Level 1-4
Main
armament
Remote Weapon System
Engine Iveco F1D Common Rail EURO 3
136 kW (185 PS; 182 hp)
Payload capacity 1,200 kg (2,600 lb)
Transmission 6 speed automatic
Suspension Independent, Double A-Arm
Ground clearance 473 mm (18.6 in)
Operational
range
500 km (310 mi)+
Maximum speed > 130 km/h (81 mph)

Operators

  • Brazilian Army – 32 Iveco LMV
  • Italian Army – 1,900 Iveco LMV in 2020; 3,850 total planned to 2034.
  • Spanish Army – 395 Iveco LMV
  • UK Army – 401 Iveco LMV

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