Italian company Iveco Defence Vehicles has signed a contract with the Dutch Ministry of Defence to provide an initial 918 medium multirole protected vehicles named ‘12kN’.

First announced in September, the contract was signed last month at the NIDV exhibition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Defence Material Organization (DMO) director Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard was present at the signing of the contract.

The Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) Iveco Defence Vehicles has been designed to combine high tactical 4×4 mobility, high crew protection and optimal off-road performance, along with an excellent payload capability.

The MTV features outstanding modularity and system integration capabilities across all range variants, such as soft top, hardtop, pick up, casualty transport and personnel transport, to support different military users ranging from army marines, airforce and navy to special operational units and military police.

During the design of MTV, factors such as high reliability, ease of maintenance and low lifecycle costs were taken into account. These factors guided the choice of the main assemblies towards components that offer proven performance and reliability of the vehicle in the most diversified and demanding environmental conditions.

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Iveco Defence Vehicles is involved in the delivery of innovative automotive and protection solutions to meet the needs of military customers worldwide.

The company produces specialist logistic, protected and armoured vehicles at its facility in Bolzano in Northern Italy. It also markets a full commercial range, adapted to meet the demands of the military user.

Iveco Defence Vehicles offers a complete range of vehicles to meet a broad spectrum of defence applications.

So far, the company has delivered many vehicles to the Dutch Army from its commercial and military product range, including the Iveco Stralis 6×2 long haulage lorries, the Trakker 8×8 for the army’s fire department, as well as the EuroCargo 4×4 to the Dutch Marines for the Caribbean territories.