Iveco signs first contract with Italian Army for the MPV / VTMM Ambulance version
Rome -- Iveco Defence Vehicles announces that on December 20th, 2010 the Italian Army placed order for a batch of 12 MPV in the Ambulance version (named VTMM Ambulance by the Italian Army) to be delivered between 2011 and 2012.
The Ambulance version of the MPV-VTMM has been developed on the basis of the MPV 4x4 platform increasing the volumes and ergonomy. The vehicle is equipped with two stretchers and will transport a crew of 4 people: driver, commander, medical officer, nurse. A suitable system for loading stretchers has been developed. The vehicle will be equipped with NBC protection system.
MPV – VTMM 4x4
Since its official presentation at Eurosatory 2010, MPV-VTMM vehicle family has made decisive steps towards serial production. The MPV-VTMM family is based on a military off the shelf truck chassis combined with a protected crew cell which incorporates the driver’s cabin and cargo compartment. In the 4x4 version the safety cell offers more than 13m3 volume, whereas in the ambulance version this volume is increased to 16 m3. The maximum combat weight of up to 18 tonnes and a chassis capable of mastering the toughest of terrains therefore give MPV-VTMM 4x4 excellent tactical mobility in all missions.
The MPV family leverages on the know how of two of the major European companies involved in armoured vehicles production, Iveco DV and Krauss- Maffei Wegmann (KMW) of Germany. In June 2008 the two companies had signed a cooperation agreement on the development of a new military vehicle family in the weight class of 18 to 25 tons.
For the VTMM-MPV Ambulance, Iveco is responsible for the final protection level and for the integration of all specific equipment according to the requirements of the Italian Army.
Crew protection against mines and IED was accorded particular priority during the design process. The integrity of the crew cell is maintained through a series of design features. The bonnet is hinged to the chassis rather than the crew cell and the rear cargo compartment is so designed that it will readily blow off, allowing the energy from a mine blast to dissipate. The base steel armour of the crew cell provides a high level of ballistic protection and this can be further enhanced through the use of appliqué protection developed in co-design with IBD to meet the predicted threat.
The MPV-VTMM family of vehicles is based on military off-the shelf (COTS) high mobility chassis derived from the Trakker range, which not only provide a superior mobility but also allow the customer to exploit the Iveco worldwide logistic system. The MPV-VTMM 4x4 is equipped with the Cursor 8 engines coupled with semiautomatic gearbox and differential-locking system, permanent all-wheel drive with automatic tyre-pressure regulation and run-flat tyres.
The MPV family can effortlessly take on slopes of up to 60% and ride along side slopes up to 30% – at a range of more than 700 km, or 430 miles, without refueling. The modular design allows the crew compartment to be readily configured in a variety of different roles.
The future of VTMM
The MPV-VTMM platform, due to this flexibility, can be declined in several other versions, while maintaining the level of protection of basic configuration. Some of the possibilities already under study and development are: