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Italy orders last batch of Centauro IIs

28th June 2024 - 17:48 GMT | by Christopher F Foss


A Centauro II (8x8) MGS of the Italian Army with HITFACT turret traversed right and fitted with counter-IED equipment. (Photo: COI)

The Centauro II MGS features a new HITFACT turret with a 120mm stabilised smooth bore and a new hull incorporating an H-line drive.

The Italian Secretariat of Defence Land Armaments Directorate has placed a contract with the Iveco–Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) for the final batch of 28 Centauro II (8x8) Mobile Gun Systems (MGSs) for the Italian Army. The contract also included a 10-year integrated support package.

The deal will complete the Italian Army’s requirement for a total of 150 units. The Centauro II is now in full-scale production and CIO stated it had now “delivered 16 units to the Italian Army and final deliveries will take place in 2030”.

The first contract placed was for 11 Centauro IIs consisting of the single

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Christopher F Foss


Christopher F Foss

Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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