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New Centauro II armored vehicle unveiled

Leonardo has introduced a new variant to the Centauro family of armored vehicles.

By Richard Tomkins
The Centauro II, which features fully digital systems and sub-systems. Photo courtesy Leonardo
The Centauro II, which features fully digital systems and sub-systems. Photo courtesy Leonardo

ROME, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Italy's Leonardo has unveiled a new armored vehicle in its Centauro product line -- the Centauro II, which features a 120mm gun and digital systems.

The Centauro II, developed by CIO, the Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium, features a turret equipped with latest generation electro-optics for both the commander and the gunner, a number of communication systems and a sophisticated command-and-control system.

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Also among its devices is an H3 Jammer to prevent the remote activation of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.

"Particular attention has been paid in the construction of the hull, which is 'V' shaped for increased protection against mines and IEDs, and is equipped with high-efficiency ballistic plates as well as the turret," Leonardo said. "The adoption of a system that allows the vehicle to be driven with just indirect vision provided by externally fitted cameras is a total innovation compared to the past."

Multiple variants of Centauro vehicles are currently in service with the militaries of Italy, Spain, Jordan and Oman.

The Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium was founded in 1985 by Iveco Defense vehicles and Leonardo to meet Italian army needs.

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