The Italian Army has ordered 86 CENTAURO II armoured vehicles, integrated logistic support and associated equipment, with an option for an additional 10 vehicles, manufacturer Iveco-Oto Melara announced on 31 December.

The contract, which follows the initial supply of 10 vehicles under the original July 2018 contract, addresses the army’s eventual need for up to 150 units. It also strengthens strategic industrial expertise in the land sector, ensuring long-term stability. Parent companies Iveco Vehicles and Leonardo will leverage a predominantly Italian supply chain in pursuing the contract.

CENTAURO II marks a major step forward compared to its predecessor, CENTAURO I, offering significant enhancements in terms of power, observation capability, mobility, ergonomics, weapons range, communication and maximum crew protection. Equipped with a new power pack delivering over 700hp and with H-drive architecture, CENTAURO II features an entirely digital system and a new-generation turret mounting a 120mm gun and C3 systems, making it the most innovative vehicle in service with the Italian Army.

The CENTAURO offers a fresh look at the ‘tank destroyer’ role, with an eye to supporting a wide range of missions from battlefield interdiction through national security missions to peace-keeping and support operations. (Photos: Iveco-Oto Melara)

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