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Iveco M320

Heavy high mobility truck

Iveco M320

The Iveco M320 high mobility truck is a purpose-designed military vehicle

 
 
Iveco M320.45WM
Entered service 2003
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 15 t
Payload capacity 17 t
Length 9.34 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.87 m
Mobility
Engine Iveco Cursor-13 diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed over 90 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 0.85 m
Fording (with preparation) 1.2 m

 

   The Iveco M320 is Italian series of heavy high mobility trucks. These trucks are branded ASTRA for domestic market while the M320 is export designation. The M320 is a member of Iveco range of tactical military trucks. Also there are M170 trucks with 4x4 configuration and M250 trucks with 6x6 configuration. There is a 66% commonality of components across the range of these tactical military trucks. These are not militarized versions of commercial models. These tactical trucks were specially designed to suit military needs and have exceptional off-road mobility. These vehicles fulfill logistic roles both for frontline and rear echelon units.

   It seems that deliveries of these tactical trucks commenced in 2003. The M320 heavy trucks are in service with Italy, Denmark, Ireland and Spain. Recently France ordered a large number of these military trucks. Currently Italian Army is the largest operator of these vehicles. It received over 1 000 trucks with various configurations. For the Spanish market these trucks are branded as Iveco-Pagaso.

   Various versions of this 8x8 tactical truck are available, including general service troop/cargo carrier, load handling system, container carrier, dump truck, recovery vehicle and mobile crane. There is also Iveco M1100 tank transporter.

   Payload capacity depends on the version. The baseline tactical high mobility version has a payload capacity of up to 17 t. Logistic versions that are not ment to be used over rought terrain can carry up to 32 t. The Iveco M320 can also tow trailers or artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 20-24 t.

   The Iveco M320 series trucks are fitted with a purpose-designed military cabs. The cab has sleeper berths and accommodates driver plus up to three passengers. An add-on armor kit, which features internally-mounted replacement panels, can be installed. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Italian Army vehicles have a ring mount on top of the roof.

   This military truck is powered by Iveco Cursor-13 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Other engine options are also available. Engine is mated to an automatic gearbox with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears A 16-speed manual transmission is optional. A number of automotive components are from Iveco EuroTrakker range of commercial trucks. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system.

 

 
Iveco M320

Iveco M320

Iveco M320

Iveco M320

Iveco M320

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