The Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium, CIO in short, is formed between Iveco Defence Vehicles, a CNH Industrial company, and Leonardo, and for over 30 years it has been the reference point for the Italian MoD in terms of ground vehicles. Its origins can be traced back to the early ‘80s when Italy, on the verge of launching a programme to fully renew its combat vehicles park, felt the need for a single industrial interface. This led in 1985 to join the two national land armaments prime companies, Iveco and OTO Melara, into a consortium with equal participation. Each company brought its capabilities to develop a brand new family of wheeled and tracked vehicles ranging from MBTs to light wheeled APCs. Iveco Defence Vehicles is responsible for engines, gears and all the automotive components, the hull and the final integration of wheeled armoured vehicles while Leonardo is responsible for weapon systems, sight and fire control systems of both wheeled and tracked vehicles, the hull and the final integration of tracked armoured vehicles. Both companies have excellent skills in the field of protection against direct fire, mines and IEDs.
Iveco Defence Vehicles is dedicated to delivering innovative automotive and protection solutions to meet the needs of military customers worldwide. The company manufactures specialist military logistic, protected and armoured vehicles in its facility in Bolzano in Northern Italy, as well as marketing Iveco’s full commercial range, adapted as necessary to meet the demands of the military user. In consequence, Iveco Defence Vehicles has a full range of vehicles to meet a broad spectrum of defence applications.
Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space). Leonardo Defence Systems Business Unit, former OTO Melara, is active in naval, land and air weapon systems ranging from turret weapon systems and naval guns to missile launchers, from conventional to guided ammunition and from combat vehicles and artillery to antiaircraft systems and UGVs.
CIO has extended its action beyond national borders and has now become a reference on the export market for all those products that include components provided by the two partners.