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Italy reveals future armoured vehicle upgrade plans

27th January 2023 - 18:30 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Twickenham


The latest AFV to enter service with the Italian Army is the Centauro 2 which has been developed by CIO and was recently selected by the Brazilian Army. (Photo: CIO)

Italy plans a mixture of upgrades and new acquisitions to refresh its ground combat capabilities.

Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles 2023 conference near London, Maj Gen Francesco Olla, Head of III Department (Military Policy and Planning) of the Italian Army, gave a broad outline outline of future developments for the Italian Army's AFV fleet.

In the short term, the Ariete MBT will have its life extended to enable it to be operational until 2035, but it was not disclosed how many of the 200 tanks built will be upgraded.

The current Dardo tracked IFV and some specialised members of the M113 family of vehicles such as command post, ambulance and mortar carrier variants will

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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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