Iveco Defence Vehicles cares deeply about the safety and health of its employees. That's why we have decided to implement ISO 45001:2018 as the new Occupational Health & Safety Management System. The implementation of ISO 45001:2018 allows us, among other things, to better control risks as well as to improve our efforts to foster the safest work environment possible.
By organizing various information and training courses for our employees, we want to raise awareness for the importance of this newly implemented safety policy. A particular audit program eventually grants us the opportunity to get an insight whether this management system has successfully been implemented.
Protection is in our DNA.
People’s safety and health are always a priority in Iveco Defence Vehicles. For this reason, in addition to the already adopted preventive actions and the serological tests, which have been regularly carried out since April, we took part in the general mass screening initiative, that took place throughout South Tyrol.
On a voluntary basis, our employees as well as outsiders who closely collaborate with us were given the opportunity to get a free antigen rapid swab test. This kind of swab test is able to detect the virus’ presence and delivers results within 15 minutes.
Between November 20th and November 21st, our professional medical staff carried out more than 550 tests at our Bolzano plant. Thanks to the test, some positive asymptomatic cases have been found and accordingly reported via the official platform in order for the results to be counted in the overall mass screening outcome.
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Iveco Defence Vehicles’ experience in developing wheeled armored platforms dates to the 1930s, when the plant in Bolzano was established. Lancia and later Iveco have developed several 4x4 armored vehicle for the domestic market, the Italian Army, but the main experience comes from the development of the Centauro 8x8 armored fighting vehicle. This vehicle, which aimed to replace MBTs with a high-speed Armored Fighting Vehicle, equipped with a high pressure 105 mm cannon able to fire throughout 360 degrees while moving, required a stable and powerful platform. The result was a well-performing armored vehicle, with a unique H-shaped transmission that enabled a much lower profile with respect to any other 8x8 or 6x6 armored vehicle in the world.
The experience matured with the Centauro family, adopted by Italy, Spain and Oman, developed across several models and adapted to the continuous changes in the operational environment, played a key role when the Company decided to approach the amphibious operations environment. The engineering team decided to develop an amphibious armored vehicle based on the 8x8, H-transmission adopted by the Centauro family, implementing them in a new hull concept, able to balance mobility requirements on water and land. Our unique H-shaped transmission demonstrated paramount advantages, enabling the adoption of effective protection solutions against mines, IEDs and ballistic threats.
This design matched the requirements of the US Marine Corps, that was looking for a new amphibious combat vehicle able to perform in the modern land environment after a ship to shore trip. Knowing that each single pound dedicated to additional protection was obviously ballast for the navigation mission, a complex challenge to fulfill those demanding requirements was set. After years of intensive work, we are honored to say that we overcame the challenge, in cooperation with an outstanding partner in BAE Systems.
June 2018 is considered in our Bolzano Headquarter as the US success month. For nearly a decade we have invested in the ACV program working on it with enthusiasm and dedication, providing platform design and core components to our partner BAE Systems. We are greatly satisfied with the contract being awarded and is significant recognition. We demonstrated to the world how we can satisfy the most demanding customer, by developing a vehicle capable of fast fording in choppy seas, landing safely, travelling across varied terrain and can achieve speeds of over 50 miles per hour, perform combat missions and effectively protect the crew. The new ACV FOV (Family Of Vehicles) represents the optimum balance of sea and land mobility, survivability, and future growth potential.
Today we reached a new paramount milestone within the ACV program. After five years of extensive testing development and consultation with USMC, the first fleet of 18 ACV’s has been delivered to a platoon of Marines. We fully agree with BAE Systems when they say that this initial fielding is not just a major milestone for the ACV program, it’s a significant win for the men and women who will use this new technology to execute their unique expeditionary missions.
We are very proud of the hard work of our team, of the success of our partnership with BAE Systems and of the commitment alongside the USMC that enabled us to achieve this milestone. We now look forward to initiating full rate production and to supporting the fielding of the next units in early 2021.
The creation of Iveco Defence Vehicles Romania has officially been announced today during the groundbreaking ceremony, held at the new plant grounds in Petresti (DB), Romania.
Following the order signed last December with the Romanian Ministry of National Defence, as part of a framework agreement including more than 2,900 high mobility trucks, Iveco Defence Vehicles, in partnership with Geo-Sting, is establishing a manufacturing site for the assembly of high mobility tactical and logistic military vehicles in the Romanian automotive district Petresti (DB).
Romania’s Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Minister of National Defence Nicolae Ciuca and Minister of Economy Virgil Popescu together with Alfonso Chiettini, Iveco Defence Vehicles’ Vice President Operations, have attended today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the assembly line dedicated to the Romanian Armed Forces.
Alfonso Chiettini took this special occasion to state: “Having been chosen by the Romanian Ministry of National Defence for the supply of up to 2,900 high mobility trucks is a great honor for Iveco Defence Vehicles and the creation of this new facility clearly states Iveco DV’s commitment to timely fulfill all its contractual obligations. Moreover, it represents the company’s aim to reinforce its role as key provider of land defence solutions to the Romanian Armed Forces, thanks to its wide product range including armoured, amphibious and multirole vehicles and its proven engineering and system integration capabilities. The strategic location of this facility gives us the opportunity to develop important partnerships with several Romanian companies and to strengthen our aftersales organization in order to further improve our customer proximity.”
According to the contract, series production of the vehicles is expected to begin in February 2021 with an estimated productive capacity of up to 440 units per year, counting also on the production support of Iveco Defence Vehicles’ Italian plants. The production portfolio foresees 16 different types of high mobility trucks, with and without protected cabs, according to the specific configurations required by the Romanian National Ministry of Defence.
Starting next week, in addition to the comprehensive measures already adopted, we will offer an experimental serological test, on a voluntary basis, to the critical workers at our plants who guarantee the main activities.
This test will allow the rapid detection of anti-SARS-CoV-2 Ig and IgM antibodies in the blood samples.
As a result, more information regarding asymptomatic cases will be available in order to manage them according to health protocols.
As always, our workforce’s health and safety is our priority.
Protection is in our DNA.
As we are aware of the severity of the current situation, we feel the urge to take a further step to support institutions and people, who, on a daily basis are dealing with this emergency bravely and with dedication. That’s why we have decided to donate a first stock of our supply of face masks (models KN95 and FFP3) to the Civil Protection Departments of Bolzano and Vittorio Veneto for immediate distribution to local hospitals and nursing homes.
It’s our way to express our profound thanks to all the personnel who are on the front line in this dangerous and difficult challenge. These donations will continue, as we receive our own supplies.
Furthermore, we are using our specialized skills in textile manufacturing processes to contribute to mask manufacturing.
During these challenging times, Iveco Defence Vehicles reaffirms its strong commitment to supporting its institutional customers, Civil Protection, Armed and Police Forces in their daily efforts to support the population in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While implementing all preventive actions to protect the health and safety of our workforce, as a leading provider of protected and integrated mobility solutions, and thanks to the dedication and commitment of our employees and of our global service network, we continue to safeguard core activities in our plants and to assure continuous support to serve vehicles fleets engaged in operations in Italy, and in the rest of the world.
According to the contract for the new generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) awarded in 2018, CNH Industrial subsidiary Iveco Defence Vehicles is providing its 8x8 amphibious armored platform design, core components and services.
In the frame of the contract recently awarded by the U.S. Marine Corps to the
company, BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, will deliver an
additional 26 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) under the Low-Rate Initial Production
(LRIP) phase of the program. This award brings the total vehicle orders for the ACV to 116,
and moves the program closer to full-rate production.
The ACV is an advanced 8x8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is equipped with a new sixcylinder, 700hp engine, which provides a significant power increase over the legacy fleet
currently in service. The vehicle delivers best-in-class mobility in all terrain and has a
suspended interior seat structure for 13 embarked Marines, blast-mitigating positions for a
crew of three, and improved survivability and force protection over currently fielded
Current low-rate production is focused on the ACV-P variant. Further special variants will
be added under full rate production within the ACV Family of Vehicles program. Iveco
Defence Vehicles and BAE Systems previously received the Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 3 awards.
The companies and the U.S. Marine Corps have been making significant strides to reach
full-rate production, including the successful completion of Logistics Demonstration as a
critical enabler for the program to move into Initial Operational Test and Evaluation
(IOT&E) with trained U.S. Marine maintainers. This and other major milestones such as
operator training and additional testing will take place before full-rate production.
As a leading provider of protected and integrated mobility solutions to military and civil
protection customers, Iveco Defence Vehicles brings proven experience, having designed
and built more than 30,000 multi-purpose, protected and armored military vehicles in
Iveco Defence Vehicles announces that on December 30, 2019 a first order of a frame agreement including more than 2900 high mobility trucks has been signed with the Romanian Ministry of National Defence. These first 942 vehicles will be delivered throughout four years, starting from 2020.
The frame contract includes four typologies of military logistic platforms from Iveco Defence Vehicles’ high mobility truck range: 4x4, 6x6, 8x8 and 8x8 Prime Mover, to be further declined in 16 different variants, among which approximately a third are with armored cabin.
Being equipped with Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS), black-out lights, dual-fuel engines, self-recovery winches and tactical axles, they can offer exceptional mobility, fording capability and C-130 air transportability in order to provide tactical support to any military operation.
This important achievement is testament to the satisfaction of the Romanian Armed Forces with the two previous contracts for 57 high mobility trucks in 2015 and 173 in 2017, and contributes to further strengthen the relationship between the Romanian Ministry of National Defence and Iveco Defence Vehicles, enhancing the company’s position as a key military truck supplier.