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Dardo

Infantry fighting vehicle

Dardo IFV

The Dardo infantry fighting vehicle has a fire control system more commonly associated with MBTs

 
 
Entered service Late 1990s
Crew 3 men
Personnel 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 21.7 t
Length 6.7 m
Width 3 m
Height 1.75 m
Armament
Main gun 25-mm cannon
ATGW 2 x TOW launchers
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine IVECO 8260 V-6 diesel
Engine power 520 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.85 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.5 m

 

   The Dardo (previously called VCC-80) tracked infantry fighting vehicle is a joint development by Iveco and the former Oto Melara (now Oto Breda) to produce an IFV to meet an Italian Army Requirement. The first order for the delivery of 200 vehicles was placed in 1998.

   The VCC-80 Dardo is a true IFV, having a powerful 25-mm Oerlikon-Contraves cannon mounted in electrically operated two-man turret. This cannon is provided with an advanced fire control system of a type more commonly associated with main battle tanks as it involves laser rangefinder and thermal imaging equipment. The cannon, which has a maximum effective range of some 2 500 meters, can be elevated sufficiently to allow it to engage low-flying helicopters. It also has a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun, another 7.62-mm MG weapon station is provided on top of the turret for air and local defense. It is also possible to mount a MILAN or similar ATGW launcher on the turret roof.

   The hull is welded aluminum onto which are bolted armored steel plates - such construction system saves weight. Five firing ports are available for the six troops carried in compartment in the hull rear which is also provided with a power operated ramp for entry and exit. There is also air conditioning and collective NBC system. In addition to an impressive array of optical vision devices, passive night vision equipment is provided for the crew (driver, commander and gunner).

   The Dardo IFV can wade through water obstacles up to 1.5 meters deep without preparation. It has been proposed that the 25-mm cannon could be replaced by an OTOBREDA 60-mm high velocity gun in a special turret on some vehicles.

 

Video of the Dardo infantry fighting vehicle

 
Dardo IFV

Dardo IFV

Dardo IFV

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