The Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium, CIO in short, was established in 1985 on equal participation between Iveco Defence Vehicles and former Oto Melara, which is now Leonardo in order to fulfil the technical-administrative requirements of the Italian Army that in those years launched a series of programmes that led to the production of MBTs, tracked IFVs, wheeled armoured cars and APCs. Within the Consortium Iveco Defence Vehicles is responsible for engines, driveline and all the automotive components and furthermore hull and final integration of wheeled armoured vehicles.