CIO to deliver ten CENTAURO II Armoured Vehicles to the Italian Army
On 24 July, the Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium (CIO, a 50/50 joint venture of Iveco and Leonardo) signed a contract worth €159 million with the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the acquisition of 10 new CENTAURO II armoured vehicles, as the first tranche out of 136 units. The contract also includes spares and logistic support. The vehicles have been named “New Blindo CENTAURO” by the Italian Army.
The signing ceremony took place at Palazzo Guidoni, the headquarters of the Italian Secretariat General of Defence and of the National Armaments Directorate. It was attended by Aerial Squadron Marshall Carlo Magrassi, Secretary General of Defence and National Armaments Director; General Salvatore Farina, Italian Army Chief of Staff; and Lieutenant General Francesco Castrataro, Director of Land Armaments.
The contract value for Leonardo amounts to approx. €92 million for which the company will develop and integrate the complete turret defence system, including observation, targeting and communications systems.
CENTAURO II is a major step forward compared to the CENTAURO I in terms of power, situational awareness, mobility, ergonomics, shooting behaviour and communications, while providing maximum crew protection. It is a latest-generation wheeled armoured vehicle that can operate in any number of scenarios: from national security missions to peacekeeping and support operations and in other operational theatres in which the armed forces need to intervene.
At a gross vehicle weight of 30 tonnes, CENTAURO II is equipped with a new Iveco VECTOR 8V EURO III powerpack delivering over 700hp, resulting in a combat power to weight ratio of 24hp/t. Coupled to an automatic gearbox with 7 forward and 1 reverse gears, the vehicle uses an 8×8 H-drive architecture with hydro-pneumatic, independent suspension, three steering axles, and central tire pressure digitally controlled system, the vehicle offers superior mobility over rough terrain.CENTAURO II can travel over 800km on road, at a top speed of up to 105km/h; three steerable axles enable turning circle radius of 9m while the all-wheel drive enable crossing a two-meter wide trench, moving a 60% gradient, and 30% slope at ease. CENTAURO II features an entirely digital system and a new generation turret mounting with a 120/45mm gun.
The vehicle measures 8.26m long with 120mm barrel, 3.12m wide without mirrors and 3.65m high, whereas the height of the hull without turret is 2.10 metres.