The Swiss Defence Procurement Agency (Armasuisse) has handed over 14 of Iveco Defence Vehicles’ (Iveco DV) new-generation vehicles to the Swiss Armed Forces Logistics Organisation (LBA) during a ceremony at Arms Square in Thun, Switzerland.
Involving 4×2, 4×4, 6×2, 6×6, 8×6 and 8×8 vehicles from the Stralis and Trakker heavy truck ranges, the deliveries form part of a €125m contract secured by the company for the supply of 910 Iveco heavy trucks in 2010.
Awarded as part of the Armament Programme 2010, the contract also included engineering services and project management support by Iveco DV’s commercial premises in Germany.
The vehicles were initially delivered by Iveco to Armasuisse in January 2012.
Equipped with automated eurotronic transmissions, automatic drivetrain management (ADM) and FPT industrial cursor engines, the fully enhanced environmentally friendly vehicles (EEV) are considered to be amongst the greenest operating across Europe.
LBA source Peter Greuter said the high level of technology offered by the vehicles combined with the extended use of civil commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) components are fundamental to ensure the fleet’s necessary safety and usability; this also played a key role in selection by the Swiss Army.
Available in a range of militarised variants, including armoured, the Iveco Trakker range is currently operated by ten leading Nato countries for civil on-road and heavy duty missions.
So far, 350 vehicles have already been delivered to Swiss bodybuilders and to the customer in accordance with the contracted delivery plan, according to the company.
Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to complete in 2014.
Image: Iveco Defe Stralis heavy duty truck. Photo: courtesy of Joost J Bakker.