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Italian Army receives its first LMV 2s

07 December 2018
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The Lince 2 NEC with a roof-mounted HITROLE RWS, showing extensive communications antenna. Source: Christopher F Foss

The Italian Army has received its first examples of the latest-generation Iveco Defence Vehicles Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) Lince 2 in Networked Enabled Capability (NEC) configuration, with the first batch consisting of 34 units out of an initial requirement for 400.

According to the Italian Army, the latest LMV Lince 2 NEC has a payload of 1,500 kg, an 87% increase over the earlier LMV, and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8,100 kg.

It has a higher level of ballistic protection as well as protection against mines and improvised explosive devices, and all five crew are provided with blast attenuating seats. The lower part of the hull is in a V-shape, and the roof line has been increased to provide more internal volume.

The new front-mounted powerpack consists of an IVECO F1C turbocharged diesel developing 220hp, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission with hydraulic torque converter and a two-ratio permanent transfer case. This gives a maximum road speed of 90 km/h, which is electronically limited but with a battle switch can increase to 110 km/h.

A new suspension system provides a better ride for the crew, and standard equipment now includes automatic drive train management (ADM), electronic stability programme (ESP), new tyres, and a central tyre-inflation system.

For self-defence, the LMV Lince 2 NEC is fitted with a roof-mounted Leonardo Defence Systems HITROLE remote weapon station (RWS) that can be armed with a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. There is also a bank of eight electrically operated smoke grenade launchers mounted above the bullet/splinter proof front windscreen

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