Iveco Defence Vehicles (Stand 06- B07) is showing its latest Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) in the specialised Public Order configuration, which is already in service with an undisclosed customer in the Gulf.
This specialised LMV has a number of new features including a one-piece roof that replaces the original modular roof design. According to Iveco, this increases the vehicle’s flexibility and allows the end user to rapidly fit a remote weapon station (RWS) or a protected weapon station (PWS). It can typically be armed with a 5.56mm, 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL).
Other improvements to this version include a higher level of protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other battlefield threats, as well as additional comfort for the crew.
In addition, the LMV on show at IDEX has enhanced power supply through a higher output alternator, and infrared headlights are incorporated into a new bumper design with a centre-mounted towing pintle.
Crew survivability against mines and IEDs is enhanced through the installation of blast-attenuating seats.
The vehicle being shown here is also fitted with firing ports in all four doors to provide a close-in self-defence capability.
The LMV is currently being marketed in two versions. The baseline model has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 7,100kg, of which payload is up to 1,000kg. The second version has a GVW of up to 7,750kg, of which payload is up to 1,500kg.
So far, Iveco has sold more than 4,000 LMVs in various configurations and these are now deployed by 13 countries including the UK, which calls the vehicle the Panther.
Iveco Defence Vehicles has also completed development of the LMV 2, which was launched in Paris in mid-2016. This has many improvements, including an electronic architecture, a more powerful diesel engine and a greater payload.
Other new vehicles are the amphibious VBTP 6x6 and the M1250.70T WM high-mobility 8x8 tractor.