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If the MPC goes into production, it
would likely be manufactured in BAEs
York, Penn., facility, Swift said. dp
assume that 90% of the vehicle is
Italian, but that’s not the case.”
He noted that Iveco is widely known
for its commercial trucks in Europe
and components for those vehicles
come from Germany, France and
even the U.S.
“We are right now at 45% U.S.
content in the three vehicles we
have already made and to get that
circle radius is 29. 5 to 36 ft. and
the vehicle can traverse side slopes
greater than 30% and negotiate gradients greater than 60%.
Another Marine Corps challenge
is less technical, but still somewhat
daunting. Each company involved in
the program must certify how much
of the vehicle’s content comes
from foreign countries, how much
is from the U.S. and how much of
the foreign content could be transferred to the U.S. if the vehicle went
Since all four competitors have
foreign-based partners (Iveco is a
subsidiary of Italy’s Fiat Industrial
Group), all four need to provide those
numbers, Swift said.
“Not to confuse it or make it more
complicated, but most companies
now are truly international,” he said.
“For instance, since we’re partnering with Iveco, some people might
The MPC being developed by BAE and Iveco
was designed to accommodate what is
called the 95th percentile Marine: someone
who stands 6 ft. 3 in., weighs 250 lb. and will
carry 175 lb. of equipment.