The contract for the supply of 86 “Blindo Centauro 2” systems was signed by the Directorate for Land Armaments (DAT) and the consortium company Iveco - Oto Melara, with a possible option for a further 10 platforms.
The acquisition in question, a natural continuation of a process already started in 2018 and which aims to meet a total need of the Italian Army of 150 vehicles, is part of the activities planned by the Army staff aimed at to equip the line cavalry regiments with a platform which, incorporating the most recent technological innovations, can be used, with maximum safety, even in Operational Theaters characterized by a high level of threat.
La Centaur 2 represents an exceptional step forward compared to the previous one Centaur I (the two versions in the photo below, editor's note) in terms of power, observation, mobility, ergonomics, shooting behavior, communication as well as, of course, the maximum protection of the crew. Equipped with a modern powerpack of over 700HP and the H transmission, typical of 8x8 armored vehicles, the Centaur II uses an entirely digital architecture and a new generation tower with 120mm gun and Command and Control Communication systems that make it one of the most modern of the means supplied to the Army. The result is an innovative armored vehicle capable of operating in any scenario: from missions to defend national security, to support and peacekeeping operations to any other operational theater in which the Army is called upon to intervene.
The company represents an example of virtuous collaboration activity through which the Land Armaments Department has expressed its high technical-administrative skills. The work of the DAT has made it possible to reach the signing of the contract that will allow the Armed Force to use a vehicle that guarantees high levels of protection for personnel, technologically advanced and with cutting-edge performance.
The Italian Army confirms itself as a beacon of technology and innovation and continues its broader project of rationalization and long-term capacity development, a process of technological transformation that continues to involve the national production system.