Model of an IVE-CO 4x4 Light Modular Vehicle (LMV - Panther in British service). Part of a huge military collection available from ES3DStudios.
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From the outset, LMV was designed to incorporate high tactical mobility with high maximum road speed and optimal off-road and cross-country performance. It has high protection levels against anti tank and anti personnel mines with an emphasis on crew protection rather than vehicle integrity. The inherent stealthy design ensures low probability of detection from optical, thermal imaging or radar sensors.
The British Army has ordered 486 MLVs designated 'Panther' for its Command and Liaison Vehicle program (CLV). In this role, MLVs will be used for a wide range of battlefield missions, with variants for infantry, artillery, armor, engineer and signals users, and will replace the ageing vehicles such as Saxon, Spartan, FV-430 and unarmored Land-Rovers. By 2005 Alvis is expected to introduce specific MLV based prototypes for each of the mission configurations, while production of the vehicles is expected between 2006 and 2009. According to the 140 million pound procurement contract, the British MOD has options to buy 400 additional vehicles. The program's cost will also be enhanced by support services to be provided over the life of the vehicle.