Swiss Armed Forces to receive 400 trucks from Iveco Defence Vehicles


The Swiss Armed Forces has placed a delivery order with Iveco Defence Vehicles (DV) to supply 400 trucks.

The new order is part of a frame contract that was awarded to Iveco DV in November 2015, following two years of thorough market evaluation and comprehensive practical trials with several demonstrator chassis.

Delivery of the trucks will be carried out between 2017 and 2021.

Federal Office for Defence Procurement (Armasuisse) National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger said: “The awarding of this contract is yet another important milestone in our nearly 30-year collaboration.”

The latest frame contract is the third of its type signed between the two parties, following previous agreements in 1996 and 2006.

"This latest frame contract bid provided us with an excellent opportunity to improve innovation and research for a new generation of trucks."

It covers the delivery of vehicles from the new Stralis and Trakker ranges, which will be supplied with a range of different equipment, some with protected cabins.

Iveco Defence Vehicles president and CEO Vincenzo Giannelli said:  “Projecting and producing tailor-made vehicles adapted to the specific needs of our customers is always an interesting challenge for us.

“This latest frame contract bid provided us with an excellent opportunity to improve innovation and research for a new generation of trucks.”

All vehicles to be delivered as part of the deal will be fully compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations and fit for single-fuel-operation.

The new fleet of vehicles will join the current EEV-truck-generation, which Iveco DV has delivered to the Swiss Armed Forces over the past five years.

Iveco DV will also provide ongoing support, project management and engineering services to the Swiss Armed Forces, in collaboration with Iveco Switzerland.