Russia deploys more Italian-made Iveco LMV tactical vehicles to Syria

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Russia is sending more special Iveco LMV tactical armoured vehicles to Syria. That was reported military officials in Moscow.

The next batch of Italian-made light multirole vehicle will deploy in Syria for Russian mine-clearing group to demining the ancient monuments and infrastructure in Palmyra.

The Russian version of LMV is named Rys’ and produced by Iveco and Oboronservis LLC joint venture company in Voronezh. Moscow contracted for an initial batch of 358 of the vehicles it calls Rys (Lynx) in 2011, but by early 2013 had announced it would end its co-operation with Iveco at that point. Its original deal with the company envisaged the co-production of as many as 1,775 vehicles under a contract worth up to USD1 billion.

The IVECO LMV has high mobility characteristics and uses modular armour packs to achieve the desired protection level. It has good off-road performance and can reach 130km/h.

The vehicle has high protection levels which can be changed without altering its external appearance. Depending upon the assessed threat, the vehicle can be operated in an unprotected or protected state.

The 6.5t (STANAG protection level 3) vehicle has a payload capacity of more than 1.2t and is 5,504mm in length. The width of the vehicle is 2,050mm and the height is 1,950mm. Ground clearance is 473mm. The two front seats are adjustable and suspended, while three suspended seats are available at the rear.