Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV) is present at SEAFUTURE 2023 with the Amphibious Armoured Vehicle (VBA), the vehicle selected by the Italian Navy.
IDV’s Amphibious Armoured Vehicle (VBA) is one of the protagonists of the eighth edition of SEAFUTURE, taking place at the Naval Base of La Spezia from the 5th to the 8th of June, 2023.
IDV is participating in the 2023 edition of SEAFUTURE, the hub in the Mediterranean Sea for the Blue Economy. The company is exhibiting its Amphibious Armoured Vehicle (VBA), recently acquired by the Italian Navy with the contract for the supply of 36 vehicles and related logistic support. The contract is part of the program to renew and extend the vehicles’ fleet for National Defence, aimed at increasing the Sea Projection National Capability of the Italian Navy.
The event in La Spezia represents a precious opportunity to highlight the qualities of the VBA, an 8x8 all-terrain vehicle, capable of being launched and recovered from an amphibious vessel in open ocean and offering at the same time excellent mobility and high-level ballistic, anti-mine and anti-IED protection. The 700HP FPT Industrial Cursor 16 engine, combined with an automatic 7-speed gearbox and an H-driveline, derived from the Centauro and the VBM Freccia, provides the VBA with a maximum on-road speed of 105 km/h, while the two rear-mounted hydraulic propellers guarantee the navigation beyond “Sea State 3” and a top speed of 6 knots. The platform is equipped with a HITROLE Light remote turret, supplied by Leonardo, with a 12.7mm calibre weapon and latest generation C4 systems.
The VBA for the Italian Navy is based on the SUPERAV 8x8. The US Marine Corps’ ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle), which is provided in partnership with BAE Systems, is also based on the SUPERAV 8x8. (Photo © IDV: Chief of the Italian Navy, Admiral OF-9 Enrico Credendino, with Claudio Catalano, CEO of IDV, and Nazario Bianchini, Head of Sales IDV, in front of the Amphibious Armoured Vehicle (VBA) at SEAFUTURE)