Iveco Defence Vehicles announced that, on May 28th 2013, the 14 variants of the “New Generation Vehicles” program were symbolically handed over from armasuisse to the Swiss Armed Forces Logistics Organization (LBA).
The hand-over ceremony was held at the Arms square of the Swiss Army in Thun and was attended by military representatives and industrial partners.
Undertaken as part of the ‘Armament Program 2010’, this contract was awarded in 2010 and comprises the supply of 910 Iveco heavy trucks over four years. The contract also includes engineering services and project management supported by Iveco DV’s commercial premises in Germany.
The order comprises 14 variants of the “New Generation Vehicles” program, including 4×2, 4×4, 6×2, 6×6, 8×6 and 8×8 vehicles from the Stralis and Trakker heavy truck ranges.
All vehicles are fully EEV emission compliant, featuring economical and ecologically friendly FPT Industrial Cursor engines, fitted with automated EuroTronic transmissions and Automatic Drivetrain Management (ADM). The innovative use of this technology enables the fleet to be one of the most environmentally friendly in Europe.
All 14 variants were demonstrated at the ceremony, through a combination of technical presentations, a static display and dynamic tests.
350 vehicles have already been delivered to Swiss bodybuilders and to the customer in accordance with the contracted delivery plan.
Mr. Peter Greuter (LBA) highlighted that the high level of technology offered by the vehicles and the extended use of civil COTS components were fundamental to ensure the safety and usability necessary for the fleet, and were key in the choice made by the Swiss Army.
Iveco Defence Vehicles is dedicated to delivering innovative automotive and protection solutions to meet the needs of military customers worldwide. The company manufactures specialist military logistic, protected and armoured vehicles in its facility in Bolzano in Northern Italy, as well as marketing Iveco’s full commercial range, adapted as necessary to meet the demands of the military user. In consequence, Iveco Defence Vehicles has a full range of vehicles to meet a broad spectrum of defence applications. The company has developed a vast international network giving life to a technical and commercial expertise at a world-wide level.