Equipped with fully digital architecture, the CENTAURO II, realised by CIO, the Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium, is a result of a close collaboration between industry and defence. 

CENTAURO II features many of Leonardo’s innovations. The new turret is equipped with latest generation EO for both the commander and the gunner (the ATTILA II panoramic periscope and the LOTHAR SD gunner system) and an amazing number of communication systems (six radios) beside a sophisticated C2 system (SICCONA). A remotely-operated HITROLE Light turret, capable of increasing flexibility meanwhile ensuring maximum crew protection, is fitted to the main turret; furthermore, a H3 Jammer is also integrated, to prevent the remote activation of IEDs.

The CENTAURO II is equipped with the latest generation 120/45mm gun, a formidable weapon for self-defence and deterrence, compatible with the latest generation of standard NATO ammunition. Despite the high level of protection, the large calibre gun and the huge amount of on-board equipment, the CENTAURO II turret is very light-weight and does not affect the vehicle’s capability and mobility.

The Italian Army requirement is for 136 CENTAURO II MGS that will replace the currently deployed 105mm CENTAURO MGS, which is in use by Italy, Spain, Jordan, and Oman.

Euginio Po was present at the unveiling and shot a video, which can be seen in our multimedia-section on right. Italian coverage here


Having been shown at Eurosatory 2016 for the first time, the CENTAURO II (8x8) mobile gun system (MGS) armed with a 120mm/45 calibre smoothbore gun that can fire standard NATO ammunition as well as the latest natures such as the DM11 high-explosive with a programmable fuze has been developed to meet the requirements of the Italian Army. Leonardo is responsible for the complete turret and associated weapon system, while Iveco is responsible for the hull and driveline. (Photo: Mönch/IS)

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