The Brazilian Military, by the Comando Logistico (COLOG) / Diretoria de Materials (DMat), has chosen the Centauro II 120 mm system made by Società Consortile Iveco – Oto Melara (CIO) as high of the checklist inside the procurement course of named Viatura Blindada de Cavalaria Média Sobre Rodas (VBC Cav – MSR 8×8). The wheeled tank destroyer prevails over the Common Dynamics Land Techniques LAV 700 AG, which ended second within the competitors, and the NORINCO ST1-BR, ending in third place. The contract, which offers for the acquisition of no less than 98 Centauro IIs and which can be prolonged to 221 within the coming years.

Centauro II 120 mm Wheeled Tank Destroyer. (Photograph by CIO)

The Centauro is a household of Italian navy automobiles originating from a wheeled tank destroyer. It was developed by a consortium of producers, the Società Consortile Iveco Fiat – OTO Melara (CIO). Iveco Fiat was tasked with growing the hull and propulsion programs whereas Oto Melara was chargeable for growing the turrets and weapon programs. The brand new-generation IVECO engine providing greater than 720 HP. The digital tyre stress management (CTIS), allied with run-flat programs, the brand new suspension and the low nominal floor stress enable the brand new Centauro armoured automobile to extricate itself from any kind of terrain.


 Centauro II 120 mm Wheeled Tank Destroyer.
Centauro II 120 mm Wheeled Tank Destroyer. (Photograph by CIO)

The Centauro II armoured automobile is a wheeled 8×8 system fitted with 120 mm armament, representing the highest within the sector when it comes to energy, statement, mobility, ergonomics, firing efficiency, communication and crew safety. The third technology 120/45 mm gun (non-obligatory 105/52mm interchangeable to 120 mm), with built-in and stabilised low-recoil muzzle brake, offers the identical fireplace energy as most trendy fundamental battle tanks, with the aptitude of firing all newest technology 120 mm NATO APFSDS and multi-role MP munitions. The brand new Centauro II is the primary 8×8 wheeled antitank automobile on the earth with a high-pressure gun.

 Centauro II 120 mm Wheeled Tank Destroyer
Centauro II 120 mm Wheeled Tank Destroyer. (Photograph by CIO)

The turret, outfitted with new anti-mine seats, has a crew of three males – commander, gunner and loader – with the latter in a position to make use of the brand new automated loading system. Within the turret, as a substitute for the exterior turntable-mounted anti-aircraft machine gun, a remote-operated HITROLE Mild turret will be put in, with the opportunity of utilizing 7.62 or 12.7 calibre machine weapons in addition to 40 mm AGLs. Optronic tools features a panoramic commander’s sight and a gunner’s sight, each latest-generation, and a back-up sight to be used in degraded mode. The automobile is absolutely network-integrated (for NCW).