Army has taken delivery of their first 150 IDV high-mobility trucks featuring Allison Automatics
MADRID – As part of a six-year contract with Iveco España, the Spanish Ministry of Defense has begun receiving its order of 700 different Iveco Defence Vehicles, all equipped with fully automatic Allison transmissions. The Army has taken delivery of nearly 150 high-mobility trucks.
The Iveco Defence Vehicles, with 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 variants were selected after three months of intensive on- and off-road testing. The trucks feature different body types and will be used in a number of configurations for transporting troops, food and medicine, as well as supporting other vehicles. They are also fitted with interchangeable armored or conventional cabs that can be mounted on all the chassis, depending on requirements at any given time.
The trucks are the Army’s first units since 2007 and the new IDV have superior features to the previous model currently in service and are fitted with Allison Automatics, designed to meet demanding military requirements.
For more than 60 years, Allison has designed and produced fully automatic transmissions for military applications, including medium- and heavy-duty wheeled and tracked vehicles. The Spanish defense vehicles are fitted with Allison 3000 Series™ and 4000 Series™ equipped with integral hydraulic retarders.
"The Allison-equipped Iveco Defence Vehicles have a number of significant advantages," said Bruno Re, Allison customer integration and application engineer. "Our transmissions are calibrated for military applications and enhance vehicle maneuverability and performance. For instance, the superior startability delivered by the Allison torque converter was essential to pass the curb test (50 cm curb height) with a fully loaded truck."
Allison Automatics provide exceptional durability that is not only required for critical missions, but also prolongs the life of the vehicle while reducing preventive maintenance and repair costs. Additionally, transmission-mounted PTO provisions provide installation flexibility and maximize power take-off for the equipment.
"Ease of driving has been greatly enhanced and a special Economy Mode has also been implemented," said Re. "This will allow reduced fuel consumption while ensuring adequate vehicle performance, extending the mileage range and improving comfort."
The 700 trucks will be split between the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Military Emergency Unit (UME).