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Ariete MBT

The Ariete replaced the ageing fleet of M60A1 tanks in service with Italian Army

Entered service 1995
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 54 t
Length (gun forward) 9.67 m
Hull length 7.59 m
Width 3.6 m
Height 2.5 m
Main gun 120-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 9 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 42 rounds
Machine guns 2 400 x 7.62-mm
Engine Iveco V-12 MTCA diesel
Engine power 1 300 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 550 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 3 m
Fording 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 2.1 - 4 m


   The Ariete (ram) main battle tank (also referred as the C-1) was developed by Oto Melara and Fiat. It is named in honor to Italian Ariete armored division, which fought during World War II. This main battle tank was intended to replace ageing fleet of M60A1 in service with Italian army. First prototype of the C-1 Ariete was revealed in 1986 and six pre-production vehicles were built in 1989. It entered service with Italian army in 1995. Italy operates 200 MBTs of this type.

   This main battle tank is protected with composite armor, similar to British Chobham. Add-on armor kits can be fitted if necessary.

   Ariete is armed with a 120-mm smoothbore gun, developed by Oto Melara. It fires a full range of standard NATO ammunition. This gun is loaded manually. Only 15 rounds are carried in the turret bustle and are ready to use, while the rest of ammunition is stored at the front of the hull.

   Vehicle's Galileo fire control system shares many components with the fire control system, installed on Centauro 105-mm wheeled tank destroyer.

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

   The Ariete is powered by Iveco V-12 MTCA turbocharged multi-fuel diesel engine, developing 1 300 horsepower. Iveco also provided other automotive components for this tank. Tracks and some chassis components of the Ariete is similar to the German Leopard 2 MBT.

   The Ariete Mk.2 was revealed in 2005. It has a modular armor, 120-mm smoothbore gun fitted with an autoloader, hydropneumatic suspension, 1 500 hp engine and more advanced fire control system.


Video of the Ariete main battle tank

Ariete MBT

Ariete MBT

Ariete MBT

Ariete MBT

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