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Centauro II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2019
Total Production: 136
Unitary Cost: USD$3.5 million
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Consortium Iveco-Oto Melara
Parent System: Centauro
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 869
Family Members: Centauro, Centauro 155/39 LW, Centauro AIFV/OWS 30 Freccia, Centauro Draco, Centauro VBM, Centauro VBM Mortar Carrier and Centauro VBM Recovery
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Description: The Centauro is a high mobility 8x8 wheeled armored combat vehicle family designed to perform a variety of missions. It was developed by Iveco Defense Vehicles, Consorzio IVECO Fiat-OTO Melara and OTO Melara for the Italian Army in the late 1980s. The first variant, the Centauro cavalry fighting vehicle, entered service in 1991. The second variant of Centauro introduced in 2009, known as Centauro 8x8 VBC or Centauro VBM, features add-on armor for increased protection, larger troops compartment and a turret-mounted 25mm cannon to serve as an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Other versions have been developed for air defense, field artillery and recovery and repair of damaged Centauros on the battlefield.

The Consortium Iveco-Oto Melara Centauro II is the latest evolution of the Centauro family equipped with a high pressure 120/45 mm gun with integrated muzzle brake and semi-automatic loading system. The Centauro II offers a firepower equivalent to that of most modern main battle tanks being able to fire all the latest 120mm NATO APFSDS and MP tank munitions. The turret can be fitted with add-on armor kits against the latest ballistic threats such as kinetic energy and hollow charge projectiles. The 120mm rounds are stored in separate compartments with explosion-proof doors. The Italian Army has a requirement for 150 Centauro II light tanks worth $520 million. As of July 2018 the requirement was for 136 vehicles.

The Centauro II is powered by a new generation engine, upgraded transmission, braking system and control electronics to provide improved mobility. The Centauro II chassis has been re-designed to deliver improved protection against mines and IEDs. The armored vehicle also features the latest generation optronics for the commander and gunner along with a communications and command suite for maximum situational awareness. In addition to the 120mm gun, the vehicle can be fitted with HITROLE remote controlled weapon station. The Centauro II was introduced at the Eurosatory exhibition, Paris, in June 2016. The Italian Army placed the first order for 10 Centauro II armored vehilces on July 24, 2018.

Centauro II Specifications

Ammunition Load: 12
Caliber Multiple: 45
Crew: 3
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Approach Angle: 40 �
Departure Angle: 40 �
Ground Clearance: 0.40 meter (15.7 inch)
Height: 3.65 meter (144 inch)
Length: 8.26 meter (325 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 120 millimeter
Wheelbase: 2.65 meter
Width: 3.38 meter (133 inch)
Max Torque: 2,500 Nm
Gradient: 60 %
Side Slope: 30 %
Ditch Crossing Ability: 2 meter (79 inch)
Fording Depth: 1.50 meter (59 inch)
Max Range: 800 kilometer (497 mile)
Step Climbing Ability: 0.60 meter (23.6 inch)
Turning Radius: 9 meter
Power: 720 hp (537 kW)
Top Speed: 105 kph (65 mph)
Combat Weight: 30 ton (66,138 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Centauro II News

There are 4 news between
13 Jun 2016 and 24 Jul 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018Italian Army Orders First 10 Centauro II Armored Vehicles
Monday, October 16, 2017Leonardo Introduces M60A3 Tank Upgrade
Thursday, October 20, 2016Leonardo Introduces the Centauro II Light Tank Prototype
Monday, June 13, 2016Iveco-Oto Melara Introduces Centauro II Armored Vehicle

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