The Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) signed a contract with the Italian Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of 86 Centauro II armoured vehicles.
The contract was signed between the Land Armaments Director Lieutenant General Paolo Giovannini and the Commercial Director of the Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) Dr. Eng. Giovanni Luisi at Guidoni Palace, headquarters of the General Secretariat of Defence and of the National Armaments Directorate on Dec. 30.
The new contract also includes integrated logistic support and equipment with 10 additional units as option. The contract marks the follow-up of the initial supply of 10 units (purchased with the contract signed in July 2018) on a total need of the Italian Army of 150 units.
The Centauro II marks a major step forward compared to the previous Centauro I, in terms of power, observation capability, mobility, ergonomics, firing range, communication and maximum crew protection.
Equipped with a new power pack delivering over 700hp and with H-drive architecture, a hallmark of the 8×8 Centauro range, Centauro II features an entirely digital system and a new generation turret mounting with a 120 mm gun and Command and Control Communication systems making it the most advanced vehicle in service with the Italian Army.
The result is a new concept of wheeled armored vehicle capable of operating in any scenario: from national security missions, to peacekeeping and support operations including all interventions involving the Italian Armed Forces.
The Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium was established in 1985 on equal participation between Iveco Defence Vehicles and former Oto Melara, which is now Leonardo. Within the Consortium, Iveco Defence Vehicles, a CNH Industrial company, is responsible for engines, gears and all the automotive components, the hull and the final integration of wheeled armoured vehicles while Leonardo is responsible for weapon systems, sight and fire control systems and the hull and the final integration of tracked armoured vehicles.