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The Swedish procurement authority Försvarets materielverk (FMV) has signed a framework agreement with Iveco Defense Vehicles (IDV) for the delivery of up to 3,000 light multi-purpose vehicles (LMPV). According to the FMV, IDV is to supply twelve defined versions of the all-wheel drive Military Utility Vehicle (MUV) in the four-year framework agreement. In the first order, the delivery of 400 vehicles in the versions troop carrier, medical transporter and flatbed vehicle worth SEK 850 million (equivalent to 72.8 million euros) with deliveries in the period up to the end of 2024 was agreed. The framework agreement can be extended by a total of five years.

The LMPVs are intended to replace the Terrängbill 11 and 13 multi-purpose vehicles manufactured by Volvo, which have been used in the armed forces since the 1970s.

Iveco is to deliver up to 3,000 MUVs to Sweden (Photo: IDV)

IDV describes the MUV as a purpose-built military vehicle that conforms to military and NATO standards. The robust and highly mobile MUV was developed to meet the wide range of mission requirements of military users. With a permissible total weight of up to seven tons, the vehicle is designed for a maximum payload of four tons. The engine, with a power range between 107 and 132 kW, is specially designed for operation in demanding environments and can also be operated with NATO fuels. Mobility is guaranteed by a permanent all-wheel drive with a lockable central/front/rear axle differential and by an independent wheel suspension with torsion bar springs on the front axle. This results in a balanced relationship between off-road mobility, handling and reliability.

For the twelve different LMPV versions, the MUV platform can be configured as a versatile and modular vehicle family with combinations of gross vehicle weight, chassis, cab, engine and powertrain for each version.

According to the IDV, the support required for the LMPV project includes the establishment of a local presence in the near future in order to ensure the necessary operational readiness for the Swedish armed forces during the service life of the MUV. As a result, another framework agreement was signed for the customer's logistic support (CLS), which covers the reliability and availability of the maintenance fleet for up to twelve years.

Editors / gwh