The Netherlands has selected local vehicle manufacturer IVECO to supply 1,185 Manticore Medium Tactical Vehicles in several configurations to the Dutch military.
Five variants of the Manticore vehicles are being procured, including two combat variants, a utility variant, an ambulance variant, and a military police variant. The combat vehicles will reportedly be mounted with a remote weapon station and can carry up to four passengers.
The tactical vehicles will replace the Netherlands’ existing off-road vehicles under the Joint Replacement Programme of Wheeled Vehicles. Delivery of the new infantry vehicles will begin in 2023, and they will receive a designation of 12Kn, reflecting their capability to carry payloads of approximately 1,200 kilograms.
The new Manticore infantry mobility vehicles will replace the Dutch Navy’s Land Rovers, the Dutch Army’s MB 290GD Wolfs and some legacy YPR-KMas still in service.
Initial orders for a first batch of 918 vehicles were reported to have been placed in 2019. This number has now been increased to 1,185 with five variants planned including two combat variants: hard and soft top, a utility variant, an ambulance variant and a military police variant.
The ambulance variant will be capable of carrying two stretchers while the combat variants can mount a remote weapon station and carry up to four passengers.
It has been reported that Dutch Military Vehicles (DMV) will be supplying 550 unarmoured logistics modules for the transport vehicles. These are said to include mobile workshops and command modules. The remote controlled weapon stations which have been ordered are FN Herstal DeFNder systems which mount 7.62x51mm FN MAG general purpose machine guns. Some variants have manned top mounted gun positions and the vehicles can be equipped with .50 caliber heavy machine guns, automatic 40mm grenade launchers and Spike anti-tank guided missiles. Other add-on equipment which will be procured includes protection packages, chemical and biological over pressure filter systems, winches and smoke launchers.
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