On June 21, 2022, an additional 16 “Blindo Armata Centauro II” armored vehicles (referred to by the Italian Army as “Nuova Blindo Centauro”), as well as their integrated logistic support and related equipment, were acquired by the Italian Army’s Land Armament Directorate.
The Additional Act, which brings the number of currently contracted Centauro II systems to 122 (10 units acquired with the contract signed in July 2018 and 86 units + 10 option units with the December 2020 contract) against a total Italian Army need of 150 units, ensures long-term stability by consolidating the garrison of strategic competencies for the land sector of the national Defense industry, while also ensuring production continuity.
The Centauro II represents excellence in its field in terms of power, observation, mobility, ergonomics, firing behavior and communication, in addition to maximum crew protection. Equipped with a modern 720+HP powerpack and the well-established H-drive typical of the 8×8 armored vehicles of the Centauro family, the Centauro II benefits from a fully digital architecture and a new generation turret with 120mm cannon and command and control communication systems that make the Centauro the most modern of the vehicles in service in the Italian Army.
The result is an innovative armored vehicle able to operate in any scenario: from national security defense missions to peacekeeping operations and to support any other theater of operations in which our Armed Forces are called to intervene.