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VBM Freccia

Infantry fighting vehicle

VBM Freccia IFV

The VBM Freccia infantry fighting vehicle is a variant of the Italian Centauro B1 tank destroyer



Entered service 2009
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 26 t
Length 8.6 m
Width 2.9 m
Height 3 m
Armament
Main gun 25-mm
ATGW Spike ML/LR (optional)
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 200 rounds
ATGW 2 missiles (optional)
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed over 110 km/h
Range 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.55 m
Trench 1.5 m
Fording up to 1.5 m

 

   The VBM Freccia (Veicolo Blindato Medio, medium armored vehicle) IFV is a variant of the Italian Centauro B1 tank destroyer. Sometimes this IFV is referred as the Centauro VBC. It was developed as a private venture. This vehicle was aimed to meet Italian Army requirement for a wheeled IFV to operate alongside Centauro tank destroyers. The first prototype was completed in 1996. Italian Army ordered a number of the Freccia (Arrow) IFVs in 2006. Italian Army requirement is for 249 vehicles of this type to equip two medium brigades. First IFVs were delivered to the Italian Army in 2009. The VBM Freccia is also proposed for the export customers, however it received no export orders to date.

   The Freccia is fitted with the OTO Melara Hifist Plus turret. It is an improved variant of the turret used on the previous Dardo IFV. The turret is armed with 25-mm cannon and two 7.62-mm machine guns. An ATGW variant of the Freccia is equipped with two Rafael Spike ML/LR anti-tank guided missiles additionally to the 25-mm cannon.

   Secondary armament consists of two 7.62-mm machine guns. One of them is mounted coaxially with the main gun, and another is mounted on top of the roof.

   It is claimed that front arc of the Freccia provides protection against 25- to 30-mm rounds. All-round protection is likely to be against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Underside of the vehicle can withstand 6 kg anti-tank mine blasts. Protection can be increased to withstand 8 kg mine blasts under any wheel. The VBM Freccia is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver and can carry seven fully equipped troops in the rear troop compartment. Infantrymen enter and leave vehicle through the rear ramp or roof hatches.

   The VBM Freccia is virtually identical to that of the Centauro tank destroyer, but has a slightly longer and narrower hull. This wheeled IFV is not amphibious.

 

Variants

 

   Armored personnel carrier (prototype only), fitted with Oerlikon KBA 25-mm cannon and 7.62-mm machine gun. Vehicle has a crew of three  and can carry eight troops;

   Command post vehicle;

   ATGW carrier, variant of the IFV, fitted with two Rafael Spike ML/LR anti-tank missiles;

   Mortar carrier, armed with a 120-mm mortar;

   Armored ambulance;

   Recovery vehicle.

 

Video of the VBM Freccia infantry fighting vehicle

 
VBM Freccia IFV

VBM Freccia IFV

VBM Freccia IFV

VBM Freccia IFV

VBM Freccia IFV

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