IVECO LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle)


Is a 4WD tactical vehicle developed by the 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 the Lince vehicles have proved decisive in saving passenger’s lives in several attacks with IED. 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.

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Mobility is helped by a run-flat system, allowing the vehicle to move even with completely deflated tires. Iveco, a Fiat Industrial company, designs, manufactures, and markets a broad range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, city and intercity buses and coaches as well as special vehicles for applications such as fire fighting, off-road missions, defence and civil protection. Iveco employs almost 25,000 people and runs in 11 countries in the world using excellent technologies. Besides Europe, the company operates in China, Russia, Australia and Latin America.


Around 5,000 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever in the world an Iveco vehicle is at work. Iveco Defence Vehicles is dedicated to delivering innovative automotive and protection solutions to meet the needs of military customers worldwide. The company manufactures specialist military logistic, protected and armoured vehicles in its facility in Bolzano in Northern Italy, as well as marketing Iveco’s full commercial range, adapted as necessary to meet the demands of the military user.


In consequence, Iveco Defence Vehicles has a full range of vehicles to meet almost any defence application. Developed to counter the evolving threat, the multi-role vehicle range encompasses 4×4 personnel carrier and patrol vehicles, which combine exceptional mobility, agility and terrain accessibility with high levels of protection against both ballistic and mine attack.


They are equally effective in both peacekeeping and counter insurgency missions. The LMV is a purpose built military vehicle which nonetheless benefits from the use of many commercial components. Rugged and highly mobile, it is designed as a chassis cab which permits the installation of many different modules including a cargo platform, an ambulance and a weapon carrier.


Anti-mine protection has also been given a high priority, with the over-riding aim being to ensure the survival of the crew. To date, the LMV was selected for front line duties by ten armies: Italy, the UK, Spain, Norway, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Austria and Russia. For more information, visit the link below.