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 as the Veicolo-Tattico-Leggero-Multiruolo (VTLM) Lince (“Light tactical multirole vehicle Lynx”),[3] it won the Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV) competition of the British Army as the Panther, but the fleet was put up for sale in 2018.

Infantry mobility vehicle
Iveco LMV

VTLM2-NEC in 2020
Type Infantry mobility vehicle
Place of origin Italy
Production history
Designed 1990s
Manufacturer
  • Iveco
  • BAE Systems (UK only)
  • MVPS (Russia only)
Produced 2001-Present
Specifications
Mass 6.5 tons (STANAG 4569 Level 3)
Length 5,504 mm (18 ft 0.7 in) (4,704 mm (15 ft 5.2 in))
Width 2,050 mm (6 ft 8.7 in)
Height 1,950 mm (6 ft 4.8 in)
Crew
  • 1+4[1]
  • 1+3 (Panther)
  • 1+6 (Stretched Variant)

Armor STANAG 4569 Level 1-4[1]
Main
armament
remote controlled weapon station
Engine Iveco F1D Common Rail EURO 3
136 kW (182 hp)
Payload capacity 1,200 kg (2,600 lb)
Transmission 6 speed automatic[2]
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)

It has been adopted by the armies of Albania, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, 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.

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Italian Army3rd Bersaglieri Regiment VTLM Lince
Bersaglieri Brigade “Garibaldi” during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the Hohenfels Training Area
Norwegian Iveco LMV.
Panther CLV.
Russian Iveco LMV Rys’.

The LMV uses modular armour packs to adjust its level of protection to its mission requirements.[2] In regards to mine protection, the vehicle’s ground clearance has been increased to 493 mm without increasing the overall height (less than 2 meters); it also uses 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. It is related to the Fiat Oltre concept car unveiled in 2005.[4]

The LMV was designed in the 1990s and the first LMVs were produced in 2001[5] while the UK’s Panthers were produced between 2006 and 2009.[6]

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