The IVECO M250 is an Italian series of tactical military trucks. These trucks are branded ASTRA for domestic market while the M250 is its export designation. This military truck is in service with Italy. It seems that deliveries to the Italian Army commenced in 2003. These tactical trucks fulfill logistic roles both for frontline and rear echelon units. These military vehicles have been exported to Belgium and Spain. It is worth mentioning, that Spanish trucks are badged as IVECO-Pegaso.
The IVECO M250 series trucks are available with various wheelbase lengths. Payload capacity also varies depending on the version. The M250.45WM has a payload capacity of 8 000 kg. It can also tow trailers or artillery pieces. The baseline version is a cargo/troop carrier. This military truck is fitted with a standard drop side cargo body, with bows and tarpaulin cover. Also it can accept a variety of other bodies. Specialized versions are available, such as artillery tractor, dump truck, load handling system and tractor truck which hauls Centauro fire support vehicles.
The IVECO M250 series trucks are fitted with a purpose-designed military cabs. The cab has sleeper berths. It accommodates driver and up to three passengers. Cabs of the Belgian trucks are protected against landmines. 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.
Belgian trucks are powered by IVECO Cursor 13 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Another engine model, developing 400 hp is available. 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.
The M250 military trucks can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter after a short preparation. IVECO also produced the M170 4×4 and M320 8×8 versions. There is a 66% commonality of components across the range of these tactical military trucks.
Presented by Romano Pisciotti
MPI ( Motor Parts Industry ) – Lagos , Nigeria