Romania's defence ministry (MApN) has recently signed a contract to buy 942 Iveco military trucks worth EUR216m, VAT excluded, local media reported.

Defence minister Nicolae Ciuca told Hotnews.ro this was the first phase of a larger EUR750m agreement which includes the delivery of 2,900 military trucks and platforms.

They will be delivered over the next four years, romania-insider.com reported.

Starting with the 301th truck, "they will be produced in Romania", Ciuca said.

He added the contract was subject to an 80% offset provision. Iveco in turn will buy from Romanian companies goods or services amounting to 80% of the size of the contract.

Ciuca admitted the trucks would be "integrated", or only assembled, in Romania at a location yet to be decided by Iveco and Romanian authorities.

According to a statement in January from Iveco Defence Vehicles, the contract includes four types of military vehicles from the High Mobility range – 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 8×8 prime mover which in turn will be supplied in 16 different versions.

A third will have armoured cabins.