IVECO Shows SUPERAV for Land Combat

SUPERAV Land 8x8 wheeled armoured combat vehicle.

IVECO Défense Vehicles has used IDEF 2021 exposition to introduce its SUPERAV Land 8 X 8 wheeled armoured combat vehicle. 

The vehicle is inspired by the proven SUPERAV currently in production and being delivered to the US Marine Corps in collaboration with BAE Systems as the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV). Independently developed, the SUPERAV Land modular configuration utilizes components proven in extensive field test and operational experience. The new design has 85 percent commonality with the amphibious model.

It accommodates a crew of three plus eight embarked soldiers reflecting the typical infantry squad size. Each is provided with a suspended blast-resistant seating and rapid dismount using a powered rear ramp. With the smaller embarked squad and afloat freeboard compared to the amphibious version the SUPERAV Land is 190 mm lower and 450 mm shorter. This has permitted the 26,000 kg vehicle wight to be dedicated toward enhancing the STANAG 4569 protection level with high hardness ballistic steel. The platform will integrate a range of roof mounted remote weapon stations although not shown at the Exposition.

SUPERAV Land 8×8 wheeled armoured combat vehicle.

It is equipped with a new generation Iveco Cursor 16 turbocharged 6-cylinder multifuel engine with 700 horsepower and 3.000 Nm torque, coupled to an Allison 4800 SP automatic 7 speed forward and two rear gear transmission. The Land uses IVECO’s proprietary H-type driveline, independent hydro-pneumatic McPherson suspension and transversal differential lock that can be disengaged on the front axle. SUPERAV Land has first and second axle steer with the 10.2 meters turning radius aided by fourth axle counter-steering at low speed.

SUPERAV Land performance includes 60% gradient, 30% side slope, 0.65 meters step, 2 meters trench, and 1.5 meters fording depth capability. Road speed exceeds 105 km/h on road with a maximum range of more than 700 km. Its close relationship to the fielded SUPERAV would allow the Land version to enter production in short order.

by Stephen W. Miller