Centauro II 120/105mm Leonardo Iveco 8x8 MGS

Mobile Gun System - Wheeled Fire Support Armored Vehicle from Italy

Centauro II 2 MGS Main Gun System 8x8 anti tank wheeled armoured vehicle Leonardo Iveco Italy Italian defense industry army 925 001

Description

The Centauro II MGS (Main Gun System) 120 mm/105 mm is a modernized version of the Centauro 1 8x8 anti-tank wheeled armored vehicle. The Centauro 2 was presented for the first time to the public during the defense exhibition Eurosatory in June 2016. it is the first 8x8 wheeled anti-tank vehicle in the world with a high-pressure gun. The Centauro II represents the logical evolution, being armed with a third-generation 120/45 mm gun, with an integrated muzzle brake and semi-automatic loading system. The weapon system provides a firepower equivalent to that of most modern main battle tanks and is capable of firing all latest generation 120 mm, NATO APFSDS, and multi-role MP munitions. In June 2020, the Italian Ministry of Defense has approved an order for 40 Centauro II. The Italian Ministry of Defence announced May 28, 2020, that it had authorized the award of a production contract to the IVECO-OTO-Melara consortium for the second batch of 40 Centauro II wheeled tank destroyers, with an option on a further 56. In July 2018, Italian Company Leonardo has announced the signature of a contract with the Italian Ministry of Defense for the acquisition of the first 10 new Centauro II armored vehicles. That was the first tranche out of a total of 136 units. The contract also includes spares and logistic support. In December 2020, the Italian has ordered 86 Centauro II. 

Centauro II variants:

- Centauro 1: Previous version armed with a 105mm gun. 


Technical Data

Armament
The main armament of the Centauro 2 MGS consists of one third-generation 120/45 mm gun (optional 105/52mm interchangeable to 120 mm), with integrated and stabilized low-recoil muzzle brake, provides the same firepower as most modern main battle tanks, with the capability of firing all latest generation 120 mm NATO APFSDS and multi-role MP munitions. Ammunition stored in the hull and in the turret are hosted in compartments separated from the crew section by explosion-proof doors, pre-carved panels and dedicated anti-explosion systems ensuring further crew safety. The Centauro II is equipped with an automatic loading system with 6 rounds ready to fire, while being able also to undertake manual loading operations, as back-up, or other emergency operations. Turret traverse and weapon elevation are electro-hydraulic with manual controls for emergency use with elevation being from -7 to +16º. A 7.62mm coaxial machine gun is mounted to the left side of the main armament. Mounted either side of the turret is a bank of four electrically operated 81 mm smoke grenade dischargers that fire over the frontal arc of the vehicle. At Eurosatory 2016, the Centauro was also fitted with a remote-operated HITROLE Light turret armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun with the possibility of using 7.62 or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, integrated with the firing system, allowing the loader to undertake battlefield surveillance from a protected position.
Design and protection
The hull and turret of the Centauro II are of all-welded steel armor construction. The ballistic armor, protection levels are significantly higher than the previous generation of Centauro vehicle, with a completely rearranged hull chassis and turret design, integrated add-on ballistics and technical solutions, tested to the AEP 55 standard, capable of handling threats such as mines, IEDs and the latest-generation kinetic munitions. The Centauro II has a crew of four with the driver seats at the front of the hull offset to the left with the power pack to his right. The turret is mounted on the roof of the hull slightly to the rear of the vehicle's centerline, with the commander on the left, gunner on the right, and loader forward and below the gunner. There is one large door located at the rear of the hull.
Mobility
The Centauro II MGS is motorized with an Iveco Vector 8V Euro III Diesel engine developing 720 hp. coupled to an automatic gearbox with 7 forward and 1 reverse speeds. As regards mobility, in particular, the power-to-weight ratio, increased to 24 HP/tonne, provides unequaled performance in terms of speed and acceleration thanks to the new-generation IVECO engine and to the associated modernization of the transmission, braking system and control electronics. The suspension is of the hydro-pneumatic type with powered steering on the front four and last two road wheels. The digital tire pressure control (CTIS), allied with run-flat systems, the new suspension and the low nominal ground pressure allows the new Centauro armored vehicle to extricate itself from any type of terrain. The Centauro II can run at a maximum road speed of 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km. The Centauro II can negotiate a gradient of 60%, side slopes of 30%, and a fording depth of 1.5 m without preparation. It has an angle of approach and departure of 40° and can cross natural or man-made obstacles up to 0.6 m high, and trenches 2 m wide.
Accessories
Standard equipment of the Centauro II MGS includes a radio system, digital intercom, integrated Battle Management System (BMS), and anti-RC-IED (Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device) capable of defeating remote-controlled improvised explosive devices. The Centauro II turret is fitted with latest generation optronics for the commander and gunner and with a suite of communications and command and control systems ensuring maximum situational awareness. Crew safety has also been further increased, with a partitioning of stand-by ammunition and stores within the hull, in addition to NBC, fire-fighting, and anti-explosion protection systems. The turret is also equipped with new anti-mine seats. An integrated air conditioning system is installed allowing the crew to operate the vehicle with the outside temperature ranging from - 30° to + 44º C.

Specifications

Armament Armor
One 120mm gun, one 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, one remote-operated turret with 12.7mm machine gun Add-on ballistic armor kit mines, protection against IEDs and the latest-generation kinetic munitions
Country users Weight
Italy 30,000 kg
Designer Country Speed
Italy  105 km/h
Accessories Range
Radio system, digital intercom, integrated Battle Management System (BMS) and anti RC-IED (Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device, computerized fire control, laser range finder, laser warning system, NBC protection system, auxiliary heater, fire-fighting and anti-explosions protection systems. 800 km
Crew Dimensions
4 Length: 8.25 m; Width: 3.38 m; Height: 3.65 m

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