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Centauro VBM Recovery  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2012
Total Production: ?
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Iveco Defence Vehicles
Parent System: Centauro
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 883
Family Members: Centauro, Centauro 155/39 LW, Centauro AIFV/OWS 30 Freccia, Centauro Draco, Centauro II, Centauro VBM and Centauro VBM Mortar Carrier
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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 Centauro VBM Recovery is a new version of the Centauro VBM infantry fighting vehicle intended to serve as engineer vehicle as well as for recovery and repair of damaged armored vehicles on the battlefield. The vehicle can be equipped with two 7.62mm machine guns for self-defense purposes. The vehicle features NBC protection, a 100 meters hydraulic winch, hydraulic crane, anti-tank mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) protection, rear ramp, frontal blade, smoke grenades 8x80mm, anti-mine seats, laser warning system, etc. The Centauro VBM Recovery vehicle is powered by an IVECO 8262 6V turbocharged after cooler diesel engine rated at 405 KW (550-hp). So far, the Spanish Army is the only known operator for this version.

Centauro VBM Recovery Specifications

Crew: 4
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Approach Angle: 30 �
Departure Angle: 35 �
Ground Clearance: 410 millimeter (16.1 inch)
Height: 2.75 meter (108 inch)
Length: 8.25 meter (325 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 7.62 millimeter
Wheelbase: 2.50 meter
Width: 2.99 meter (118 inch)
Max Torque: 2,100 Nm
Fording Depth: 1.50 meter (59 inch)
Max Range: 800 kilometer (497 mile)
Turning Radius: 9 meter
Power: 405 kW (543 hp)
Top Speed: 110 kph (68 mph)
Empty Weight: 23,000 kilogram (50,705 pound)
Max Weight: 30,000 kilogram
Payload: 7,000 kilogram (15,432 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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