The Netherlands’ defense ministry has unveiled the first example of the Manticore medium tactical vehicle it is procuring as part of the renewal of the military’s operational wheeled vehicle fleet.
Designed by Italian defense vehicle specialist Iveco, Manticore will be delivered in two combat variants, a logistics, medical transport, and a military police variant.
In total, 1,185 vehicles will be delivered under a contract with Iveco Defense Vehicles from 2019.
According to Christophe van der Maat, state secretary for defense, the rollout is on track for start next year, with deliveries expected to be completed by 2028.
According to recent reports, Manticore weighs around 13,000 kg and has a payload of around 2,000 kg. The vehicles reach a maximum speed of 90 km/h powered by a NEF67 EUIII diesel engine.
The hardtop variants can be armed with a remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), 130 of which will be also be delivered by Iveco.
Manticore will replace the Mercedes Benz 290GD vehicles in many roles, as well as the YPR-765 A1 infantry fighting vehicle. One of the roles the Manticore will not be taking over is the air assault function performed by the 290GD. The Dutch defense ministry expected to receive the 12kN AASLT from Mercedes Benz for this mission, but the project was cancelled in 2021 due to delays.