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Centauro VBM  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 17 February 2009
Total Production: 254
Also Known As: Centauro VBC and Freccia
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Consortium Iveco-Oto Melara*, Iveco Defence Vehicles and Oto Melara   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Centauro
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 899
Family Members: Centauro, Centauro 155/39 LW, Centauro AIFV/OWS 30 Freccia, Centauro Draco, Centauro II, 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 Centauro VBM, also known as Centauro VBC or Freccia within the Italian Army, is an Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) derived from the Centauro 8x8 cavalry fighting vehicle. The new vehicle features a new interior layout allowing for the accommodation of up to eight infantrymen, driver and two-man in the turret. The Italian Army's 26-ton Freccia is provided with a two-man HitFirst P turret equipped with a 25mm stabilized gun, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a 7.62mm roof-mounted machine gun.

The Freccia/Centauro VBM (Veicolo Blindato Medio) is powered by a 550-hp diesel engine which permits a top speed of 110 kph. In addition to the ballistic armor protection, the Freccia is provided with a protection system against Nuclear, Bacteriological and Chemical (NBC) agents.

Centauro VBM Specifications

Crew: 3
Troops: 8
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Height: 3 meter (118 inch)
Length: 8.60 meter (339 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Width: 2.90 meter (114 inch)
Max Range: 800 kilometer (497 mile)
Power: 550 hp (410 kW)
Top Speed: 110 kph (68 mph)
Combat Weight: 26 ton (57,319 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Centauro VBM News

There are 3 news between
17 Feb 2009 and 27 Dec 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019Italian Army Orders 30 Additional Freccia 8x8 Armored Vehicles
Tuesday, May 26, 2009Freccia Armored Vehicle Test Fires Spike-MR and Spike-LR Missiles
Tuesday, February 17, 2009Italian Army Takes Delivery of First Freccia Armored Vehicle

Operators & Related Equipment

Italian Army ordered a first tranche of 54 VBMs (50 in Combat version with the Oto Melara 25mm Hitfist turret, 1 in Anti-Tank configuration that adds two Spike missile launchers on the sides of the Hitfist turret, 2 Command Post equipped with the Oto Melara Hitrole 12,7mm turret and 1 Mortar Carrier) and the second tranche of 109 vehicles (61 Combat, 24 Anti-Tank, 12 Command Post and 12 Mortar Carrier) with a third tranche totaling 249 vehicles. Another 5 vehicles ordered in December 2019.

Grand Total 2541
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