Iveco 'delivers' truck to Swiss military

July 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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TURIN, Italy, July 15 (UPI) -- Italy's Iveco Defense Vehicles has symbolically handed over 14 variants of it "New Generation Vehicles" to the Swiss military.

Switzerland has ordered a total of 910 heavy trucks from the company. They include 4X2, 4X4, 6X2, 6X6, 8X6 and 8X8 vehicles from the company's Stralis and Trakker truck lines.

By symbolically delivered, Iveco meant a ceremony was held in which company and government officials viewed the 14 vehicles but it was unclear if the Swiss took actual physical possession.

All are scheduled to be delivered over four years under a 2010 contract that includes engineering services.

Iveco said all the variants feature FPT Industrial Cursor engines, fitted with automated EuroTronic transmissions and Automatic Drivetrain Management.

A total of 350 vehicles have already been delivered to Swiss assemblers under the contract's delivery arrangement.

The hand-over ceremony was held at the Arms square of the Swiss Army in Thun, located near the Swiss capital, and involved demonstrations of the trucks through the use of technical presentations, a static display and tests.

In other Swiss military news, the country's armed forces plan to ask Parliament for approval to procure all-terrain vehicles from Mercedes Benz.

The Mercedes-G vehicles would feature a six-cylinder, 184-horsepower diesel engine and would be used to transport troops and cargo.

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