Dutch Armed Forces Command Iveco Manticore MTV

The Dutch Armed Forces have chosen the Iveco Manticore Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) to replace several of their current off-road vehicles used by the army and military police. 1,185 of the new vehicles, in several configurations have been ordered.

Dutch State Secretary for Defense Christophe van der Maat made the announcement via social media on April 22, with the Dutch Ministry of Defense hosting a media day to showcase the vehicles. The vehicles are purchased to fulfill the Dutch Army Joint Wheeled Vehicle Replacement Program.

The vehicle was developed by Iveco from the Italian Multi Role Vehicle Protected (LMV) program and in Dutch service the vehicle will be designated 12Kn – reflecting its ability to carry payloads of around 1,200 kilograms.

The new Manticore Infantry Mobility Vehicles will replace Dutch Navy Land Rovers, Dutch Army MB 290GD Wolves and some older YPR-KMa still in service. Deliveries of the new vehicles are scheduled from 2023 to 2026.

Initial orders for a first batch of 918 vehicles were reportedly placed in 2019. This number is now increased to 1,185 with five variants planned including two combat variants: hard top and soft top, a utility variant, an ambulance variant and a military one. Police variant. The ambulance variant will be able to carry two stretchers while the combat variants can mount a remote weapon station and carry up to four passengers.

Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) variants IVECO Manticore 4×4 (IVECO)

It has been reported that Dutch Military Vehicles (DMV) will provide 550 unarmored logistics modules for transport vehicles. These would include mobile workshops and command modules. The remote weapon stations that have been ordered are FN Herstal DeFNder systems that mount FN MAG 7.62x51mm general purpose machine guns. Some variants have top-mounted gun positions and vehicles can be equipped with .50 caliber heavy machine guns, 40mm automatic grenade launchers and Spike anti-tank guided missiles. Other complementary equipment that will be purchased includes protection sets, overpressure chemical and biological filter systems, winches and smoke throwers.