Russia to buy 10 Italian armored vehicles
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov
© RIA Novosti. Sergey Guneev
Russia will buy 10 Lynx light multi-role armored vehicles (LMV) from Italy's Iveco, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday.
He said Russia would like to set up a joint venture to assemble LMVs in Russia after the purchase.
Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa confirmed the country's readiness to transfer production technology for LMV manufacturing in Russia and their subsequent sales to CIS states, Serdyukov's press secretary Irina Kovalchuk said.
A Russian defense industry source said in August talks were underway on LMV assembly under license at the KamAZ automaker in Naberezhnye Chelny.
In mid-March the Russian Defense Ministry dismissed media reports that it was planning to purchase up to 1,000 Iveco M65 LMVs.
Italian LMVs have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and other NATO missions abroad, where they have performed admirably.
MOSCOW, December 3 (RIA Novosti)
So they are actually buying 10 vehicles and the manufacturing capability to licence produce... and the right to sell to CIS countries so they might produce 2,000 but sell 800 to other CIS states.
The production is going to KamAZ, which is an automaker. That is the truck maker right?
A quick look at wiki says they make trucks and buses and the armoured vehicle they currently make is the BPM-97.
(note BPM is not a mistake as its designation basically means armoured patrol vehicle, and not armoured troop transport vehicle like the BTR or MICV like BMP.)