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Centauro 155/39 LW
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Iveco Defence Vehicles
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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 155/39 LW is a self-propelled howitzer (SPH) featuring high mobility thanks to its 8x8 chassis, rapid deployability, elevated agility and high survivability. The wheeled chassis also provides lower operating and maintenance costs compared with tracked chassis self-propelled howitzers. Its primary armament is a lightweight 155mm 39-caliber cannon equipped with an automatic loading system for both projectiles and propelling charges. The cannon can fire both all NATO standard ammunition and VULCANO guided ammunition. The Centauro SPH requires less than 3 minutes to be deployed and be ready to fire and one minute to leave the scene after the intervention. This weapon system is fully digitized with Network Centric Warfare (NCW) capabilities and is well suited for operations within asymmetric warfare. For self-defense purposes, it can be fitted with a roof-mounted remote weapon station. IVECO Defense Vehicles unveiled the Centauro 155/39 LW weapon system during the Eurosatory 2012 exhibition in Paris, France.
Centauro 155/39 LW Specifications
Caliber Multiple: 39
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
SetUp Time: 3 minute (0.05 hour)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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