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Light Multi-Mission Military Vehicle

Italy | 1990

"The IVECO VM90 is a light-class military vehicle originating in Italy in the 1990s and used throughout the world today."

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The VM90 is a light-class / light-armored multi-mission military vehicle produced by storied Italian truck-maker IVECO. The 4x4 wheeled design is versatile enough to make up several other battlefield forms to accomplish varying battlefield tasks. The Italian Army is a key operator of the truck whose framework is pulled from the IVECO "Daily" commercial light truck / van.

Other global operators of the series are numerous and span from Albania and Brunei to the United Arab Emirates and, more recently, Ukraine. At least four vehicles were sent by Portugal to Ukraine to support the ongoing defense against Russia. Portugal previously used these same vehicles in its participation in the Iraqi Theater. Argentina, Belgium, and Bulgaria all operate the VM90 in civilian security roles.

The vehicle relies on a conventional arrangement involving a 4x4 all-terrain wheeled arrangement with good ground clearance and wheeled positioned near the extreme corners of the frame for excellent balance. The crew compartment incorporates side-by-side seating for the driver and a passenger at front, behind the engine compartment. Over the rear of the chassis can be implemented various mission-specific add-ons. Military models, operating in contested areas, can also feature an open-air Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) turret on a trainable mounting (ring) for self-defense. These were operated by Italian Army forces in Iraq.

Variants of the line includes the VM90T "Torpedo" which is utilized in the tactical vehicle role and is noted for its soft / tarp cover over the rear of the chassis. The VM90P "Protetto" is a protected model with armoring over critical crew and machine spaces. The Ambulanza VM90 is a battlefield ambulance with a complete hard-bodied field clinic affixed over the rear of the chassis.

Security versions of the vehicle also exist, these featured with hard bodies over the rear of the chassis as well and used by various law enforcement / Gendarmerie / security elements globally. A hard-bodied shelter carrier is known as well.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the IVECO VM90 Light Multi-Mission Military Vehicle.
1 x Turbocharged diesel-fueled engine driving 4x4 all-wheeled arrangement.
Installed Power
65 mph
105 kph
Road Speed
808 miles
1,300 km
The physical qualities of the IVECO VM90 Light Multi-Mission Military Vehicle.
20.2 ft
6.15 meters
O/A Length
6.6 ft
2 meters
O/A Width
9.1 ft
2.77 meters
O/A Height
12,125 lb
5,500 kg | 6.1 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the IVECO VM90 Light Multi-Mission Military Vehicle.
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) OR 1 x 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun (MMG) over hull roof on turret ring.
Dependent on field configuration.
Nightvision - YES - OPTIONAL.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES - OPTIONAL.
Notable series variants as part of the IVECO VM90 family line.
VM90 - Base Series Designation.
VM90 "Torpedo" - Base tactical model with soft / tarp covering over rear of hull.
VM90 "Protetto" - Fully-protected / armored variant for direct-contact environments.
VM90 "Ambulanza" - Battlefield ambulance variant with over-chassis field clinic box affixed.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the IVECO VM90. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 15,000 Units

Contractor(s): IVECO - Italy
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[ Albania; Argentina; Belgium; Brunei; Bulgaria; Cambodia; Canada; China; Egypt; Italy; Lebanon; Moldova; Mongolia; North Macedonia; Malaysia; Malta; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Serbia; Somalia; Spain; United Arab Emirates; Ukraine (via Portugal) ]
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Image of the IVECO VM90
Image from the United States Army; Public Release.

Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
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