The procurement of Blindo Centauro 2 120mm Mobile Gun Systems continues to re-equip the Italian Army Line Cavalry Regiments.
Italian Army General Staff Press Release, 31 December 2020: [auto-translated] The contract for the supply of 86 ‘Blindo Centauro 2’ systems was signed by the Directorate for Land Armaments (Direzione degli Armamenti Terrestri – DAT) and the consortium Iveco – Oto Melara, with a possible option for a further 10 platforms.
The acquisition in question, a natural continuation of a process already started in 2018 and which aims to meet a total need of the Italian Army of 150 vehicles, is part of the activities planned by the Army General Staff aimed at equipping the Line Cavalry Regiments with a platform which, incorporating the most recent technological innovations, can be used, with maximum safety, even in Operational Theatres characterised by a high level of threat.
The Centauro 2 represents an exceptional step forward compared to the previous Centauro I in terms of power, observation, mobility, ergonomics, shooting behaviour, communication as well as, of course, maximum protection for the crew. Equipped with a modern powerpack of over 700HP and the H transmission, typical of 8×8 armoured vehicles, the Centauro II uses an entirely digital architecture and a new generation turret with 120mm cannon and Command and Control Communication systems that make it among the most modern of the equipment supplied to the Army. The result is an innovative armoured vehicle capable of operating in any scenario: from missions in defence of national security, to support and peacekeeping operations to any other operational theatre in which the Army is called upon to intervene.
The consortium represents an example of virtuous collaboration activity through which the Land Armaments Department has expressed its high technical-administrative skills. The work of the DAT has made it possible to reach the signing of the contract that will allow the Armed Force to use a vehicle that guarantees high levels of protection for personnel, technologically advanced and with cutting-edge performance.
The Italian Army confirms itself as a beacon of technology and innovation and continues its broader project of rationalisation and long-term capacity development, a process of technological transformation that continues to involve the national production system.
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