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Czech Land Forces Prepare with Iveco LMV for Force Protection Mission in Latvia

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Czech Land Forces Prepare with Iveco LMV for Force Protection Mission in Latvia

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Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle
Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle

Czech Land Forces soldiers are gearing up for a different role than their standard ground air defense tasks. Instead, they will focus on Force Protection, safeguarding allied forces. To aid in this mission, they have undergone rigorous training with Iveco light armored vehicles (LMV) at Boletice. The soldiers underwent extensive training to familiarize themselves with the Iveco LMV, a tactical 4WD vehicle known for its versatility and protection capabilities. This training included off-road driving exercises, navigating through unpaved roads, mud, and snow. Sergeant J. Š., overseeing the training, explained the significance of features like gear reduction, colloquially referred to as “turtle mode,” which enhances maneuverability and power, crucial for traversing challenging terrains.

Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle
Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle. (Photo by Czech MoD)

Nighttime operations were also part of the training regime, where soldiers honed their skills using night vision devices. Driving without headlights simulated scenarios where stealth and covert movement are imperative, mirroring potential real-world deployments where avoiding detection is paramount. While the soldiers are accustomed to vehicles like the Tatra or DINGO for standard tasks, the transition to Iveco LMV required additional training even for non-driver personnel. This preparation ensures readiness for any emergency situation, where every soldier must contribute to the safe operation of the vehicle.

Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle
Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle. (Photo by Czech MoD)

The Iveco LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle) is a 4WD tactical vehicle developed by Iveco, and in service with several countries. The vehicle known for its modular armor packs, adjustable protection levels, and mine-resistant design, provides a robust platform for force protection missions. With enhanced ground clearance, V-hull underbody, and mine blast-deflecting features, it offers superior survivability in hostile environments. Additionally, its thermal signature reduction measures and run-flat tire system bolster mobility and operational effectiveness.The Czech Army’s investment in the Iveco LMV underscores its commitment to modernizing its fleet and enhancing capabilities across various operational domains.

Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle
Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle. (Photo by Czech MoD)

With 120 LMVs already in service and an additional 80 ordered for CBRN reconnaissance, the Czech Land Forces are well-equipped to undertake diverse missions, including the specialized tasks of the 31st Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Regiment. During the International Defense Exhibition in Czech Republic, local company VOP unveiled the LAV-CBRN Light Armored Vehicles System, based on the Iveco LMV chassis. This system, tailored for CBRN reconnaissance in both urban and rugged terrains, showcases the adaptability and versatility of the LMV platform in meeting specialized mission requirements. As Czech Land Forces soldiers prepare to deploy to Latvia, their training with Iveco LMV underscores their readiness to undertake Force Protection duties, contributing to the collective defense and security of allied forces in the region.

Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle
Czech Land Forces Iveco LMV 4WD tactical vehicle. (Photo by Czech MoD)

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