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Austrian Armed Forces Upgrade Mobility with First Batch Military Utility Vehicles

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Austrian Armed Forces Upgrade Mobility with First Batch Military Utility Vehicles

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Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV). (Photo by EMPL)
Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV). (Photo by EMPL)

Italian vehicle manufacturer Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV) has successfully delivered the inaugural batch of Military Utility Vehicles (MUVs) to the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer). These vehicles, based on the militarized version of the Iveco Daily 70.20, signify Austria’s strategic move to modernize its aging fleet of Pinzgauer trucks, which have faithfully served since the 1970s. IDV, in collaboration with Austrian company EMPL, has begun the integration of specialized equipment into these MUVs. With an initial procurement of 125 vehicles across two phases in 2020 and 2023, Austria has invested 42.5 million EUR in this endeavor. The comprehensive delivery is slated for completion by 2026.

Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV).  (Photo by EMPL)
Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV). (Photo by EMPL)

Described by Iveco as robust and highly mobile, the MUVs boast versatility across diverse terrains and climates. Leveraging Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components ensures optimal performance, reliability, and ergonomic design, while simultaneously streamlining logistical operations. Integral to Austria’s military modernization efforts is the incorporation of these MUVs into the Tactical Communication Network (TCN). Equipped with advanced radio and communication technology, including tactical routers, servers, switches, and 6kVA power generators, the vehicles facilitate seamless off-road communication for real-time information transmission and command coordination.

Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV).  (Photo by EMPL)
Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV). (Photo by EMPL)

IDV presented the MUV solution, which offers modularity, precision and speed to ensure the best possible situational awarenes. The MUV will present a modular sensor fusion platform that can be used in the civilian and military sectors for surveillance and reconnaissance as well as for self-protection and convoy protection. IDV is dedicated to delivering innovative automotive and protection solutions to meet the needs of military customers worldwide. The company manufactures specialist logistic, protected, and armoured vehicles in its facility in Bolzano in Northern Italy, as well as marketing Iveco’s full commercial range, adapted as necessary to meet the demands of the military user. In consequence, IDV has a full range of vehicles to meet a broad spectrum of defence applications.

Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV).  (Photo by EMPL)
Austrian Armed Forces IDV Military Utility Vehicle (MUV). (Photo by EMPL)

EMPL Fahrzeugwerk GmbH is one of the leading European manufactures of customised special-purpose vehicle bodies on truck chassis, trailers and semi-trailers from the divisions Fire Fighting, Commercial Vehicles and Defence & Authorities. All vehicles are adapted precisely to the wishes and requirements of the market and the operators. Individual special-purpose vehicles can be manufactured economically at the state-of-the-art operating factory, as individual items and in large production runs. The highly qualified employees are the true capital of the company. With their commitment to quality, they ensure maximum customer statisfaction. The purpose-built EMPL Academy underlines the importance of well-founded training.

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