Iveco Defence Vehicles has extensive experience observing and predicting current and future trends in its field, developing military vehicles to meet global operational requirements. In recent years, the company has identified the need for a light vehicle specifically designed to undertake a variety of roles from providing U.N. and NATO humanitarian aid, homeland security missions, logistic support and training, to satisfying the military requirements of non-NATO forces. In response, the company has developed a new generation of unprotected and lightly protected vehicles. The new MUV is the result of the Company’s vast experience in the sector of light vehicles, highlighted by the extraordinary commercial success of its predecessor, the M40E15-WM, which has sold more than 18,000 units worldwide over the last 30 years.
With three options of GVW, up to 7 tons, the MUV is designed to offer a maximum payload of 4 tons. VAN and crew-cab (single and double) configurations are designed to accommodate every possible requirement, and a maximum of 14+2 personnel with equipment can be transported and rapidly deployed. The offering is broad and diverse to suit a range of different missions. It can be equipped with a choice of FPT Industrial engines featuring leading EURO VI technology developing 175 hp, or EURO III technology generating either 146 hp or 175 hp. The engines are specially designed to operate in demanding environments, including extreme temperatures ranging from -32°C to +49°C. They can be coupled with either an FPT six-speed manual gearbox or a eight-speed automatic with torque converter. Mobility is enhanced by a permanent 4x4 drive with front/rear lockable differential and a PTO equipped transfer case, as well as with the independent front suspension system with torsion bar, which ensures balanced off-road mobility, handling and reliability. ESP and ABS further enhance performance and runflat options are also available. The electrical system is designed for both civil and military use, with 12V and 24V circuits and a double battery for the main switch. NATO compliant sockets and blackout systems have been installed. The MUV is available in both left and right hand drive in six different wheelbase configurations, from 3080 mm to 4175 mm. The result is an extremely mobile and agile vehicle, capable of operating across a wide range of demanding terrains and climates. Other features include a high level of gradeability on extended steep slopes, as well as the capacity of fording depths of 650mm.
The MUV is also available for civilian use as it fully complies with the required safety and environmental regulations through features such as ergonomic seats, good soundproofing, seatbelts, airbag system and Euro VI diesel engines. The vehicle can be used as a rescue vehicle, a medical asset, for snow clearance, as a light recovery vehicle or by the emergency unit command post.