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Italian Army Signs Contract to Acquire Centauro II Wheeled Tanks

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The new 30-ton Centauro features a 120mm cannon.

The Italian Army has signed a €159 million (U.S. $186 million) contract to obtain 10 Centauro II wheeled tanks, the very first tranche of a planned 136-vehicle order.

Manufactured with a consortium grouping Italian firms Leonardo and Iveco, the Centauro II is faster, stronger and protected than the Centauro tank already in service with the Italian Army, so it will replace.

The new 30-ton Centauro incorporates a 120mm cannon, digital communications plus a 720-horsepower engine, and is also seen by planners as a lightweight tank in a position to complement the Freccia armored troop carrier on what the Army is basing its new medium brigades.

The new tank’s enhanced digitalization means it will work better while using digital capabilities of the Freccia, and yes it provides 24 horsepower per ton in comparison to 19 to the old Centauro.

Generals begin to see the new Centauro as lighter and more flexible than the usual traditional tank, but using the same destructive power.

The eight wheels in the new Centauro, that make it better suited for peacekeeping operations compared to a tracked vehicle, extend farther out of your hull with the vehicle than its predecessor to give it greater stability. The new design also means that any mines triggered with the pressure from the tire will detonate further from the hull.

The Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium, or CIO, was established in 1985 over a 50-50 basis between Iveco and Oto Melara, that’s now part of Leonardo.

Leonardo said hello was responsible to the vehicles’ turret, including observation, targeting and communications systems, and was responsible for a €92 million share in the €159 million contract.

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