The Italian Military (Esercito Italiano) has began the trials of upgraded C1 Ariete AMV (Aggiornamento Mezza Vita, Mid-Life Replace) Predominant Battle Tank (MBT). A funds of €848.8 Million ($860 Million) has been allotted for 2022. The AMV program will try to increase the lifetime of the C1 Ariete Predominant Battle Tank up till 2030/2035, whereby then it’s presumed {that a} new design will take over. The C1 Ariete AMV program will function 3 prototypes at first, the AMV PT1, which is able to function enhancements to the hull, the PT2 which is able to function enhancements to the turret, and at last the PT3 which is able to incorporate enhancements to each the turret and hull.

The C1 Ariete (English: Battering Ram) is the principle battle tank of the Italian Military, developed by Consorzio Iveco Oto Melara (CIO), a consortium shaped by IVECO and OTO Melara. The tank has a traditional format just like different Western MBTs: a driver positioned on the entrance of the hull, the combating compartment—in the direction of the center—and the engine compartment within the rear of the hull. The chassis and engine had been produced by Iveco, whereas the turret and fire-control system had been equipped by OTO Melara. The automobile carries the most recent optical and digital-imaging and fire-control techniques, enabling it to battle day and evening and to fireside on the transfer. Deliveries had been first deliberate for 1993, however actually came about in 1995 on account of delays. Ultimate supply occurred 7 years later in August 2002.


Italian Military C1 Ariete Predominant Battle Tank (MBT)

The Ariete’s major armament is 120 mm smoothbore gun, designed by OTO Breda, it’s just like the Rheinmetall L/44. The gun can be tailored to fireside most NATO-standard rounds of the identical calibre. It carries 42 rounds, 15 prepared rounds are saved vertically on the left aspect of the principle gun breech. The 27 different are stowed in a hull rack to the left of the motive force’s station. The gun barrel has a thermal insulating sleeve and a fume extractor; it’s absolutely stabilized in each azimuth and elevation by an electro-hydraulic drive system. Secondary armament consists of a 7.62 mm MG 42/59 coaxial machine gun operated by the tank gunner or commander and a further 7.62 mm MG 42/59 configured as an anti-aircraft weapon operated by the main-gun loader from his hatch.

The Ariete is powered by a 25.8-litre turbo-charged Fiat-Iveco MTCA 12-cylinder diesel engine in a Vee configuration rated at 937 kilowatts (1,250 hp) at 2,300 rpm, with a most torque of 4,615 N·m at 1,600 rpm[4] driving by way of a ZF LSG3000 computerized transmission, with 4 ahead gears and two reverse, permitting for a prime cruising pace of 65 km/h and a 0–32 km/h acceleration in 6 seconds. The pc-controlled transmission permits it to climb grades rated as much as 60%, and may ford waterways of as much as 1.25 m on-the-fly. The complete engine and transmission meeting will be changed in beneath 1 hour. The Ariete’s impartial suspension system consists of 14 torsion bars with suspension arms, 10 hydraulic shock absorbers, and 14 friction dampers.

Italian Army C1 Ariete Main Battle Tank (MBT)
Italian Military C1 Ariete Predominant Battle Tank (MBT)