Iveco VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle at Seafuture

VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle for Italian Navy showcased at Italian naval base.

05 June 2023
The Italian Navy recently placed a contract for 36 Amphibious Armoured Vehicles from Iveco


Iveco Defence Vehicles is showcasing its VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle at Seafuture, which is taking place at the Italian naval base of La Spezia from June 5–8.

A contract for 36 Amphibious Armoured Vehicles (VBA), including related logistics support, was recently placed by the Italian Navy as part of a programme to renew and extend the vehicles’ fleet for national defence and increased projection at sea.

The VBA 8x8 all-terrain vehicle can be launched and recovered from an amphibious vessel in the open ocean. IDV says the vehicle also offers excellent mobility and high-level ballistic, anti-mine and anti-IED protection.

The 700HP FPT Industrial Cursor 16 engine, combined with an automatic seven-speed gearbox and an H-driveline, derived from the Centauro and the VBM Freccia, provides the VBA with a maximum on-road speed of 105 km/h, while the two rear-mounted hydraulic propellers guarantee navigation beyond "Sea State 3" and a top speed of six knots.

The platform is equipped with a HITROLE Light remote turret, supplied by Leonardo, with a 12.7mm calibre weapon and latest generation C4 systems.

The VBA for the Italian Navy is based on the SUPERAV 8x8. The US Marine Corps’ ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle), which is provided in partnership with BAE Systems, is also based on the SUPERAV 8x8.