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ELVO Kentaurus

Infantry fighting vehicle

ELBO Kentaurus IFV

The ELVO Kentaurus is a highly advanced IFV indigenously developed in Greece

Country of origin Greece
Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 19.3 t
Length 6.28 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 2.45 m
Main gun 30 mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Engine MTU 6V 183 TE22 V-90 diesel
Engine power 420 hp
Maximum road speed 75 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 75%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.85 m
Trench 2.2 m
Fording 1.1 m


   The Kentaurus Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) was developed in Greece by ELVO as a private venture. It was introduced in 1998. At that time a need for new infantry fighting vehicle emerged in the Greek Army. The Kentaurus was successfully tested by the Greek Army and was approved for procurement. However no production orders were placed, mainly because of high production costs. Instead a Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle has been ordered. So the indigenous Kentaurus never passed through prototype and pre-production stage. On the other hand the Russian BMP-3 was superior in many respects over the Greek Kentaurus. It was better protected, packed heavier punch, was fully amphibious and had some other advantages over the Kentaurus.

   The Greek Kentaurus IFV was armed with a turret mounted 30 mm cannon and a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. This infantry fighting vehicle had a digital fire control system and could fire accurately.

   This armored vehicle has a welded steel armor hull. Armor of the Kentaurus is rather limited It provides all-round protection for the crew and dismounts only against 7.62 mm rounds and artillery shell splinters. Front arc withstands hits from 20-25 mm armor-piercing projectiles. Though such level of protection is rather poor and is typically associated with armored personnel carriers, but not infantry fighting vehicles.

   This IFV has a crew of 3 and accommodates 8 fully-equipped troops. Soldiers enter and leave the vehicle through the hatches in the rear of the hull. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit.

   The ELVO Kentaurus is powered by a German MTU diesel engine, developing 420 hp. Engine is located at the front of the hull. Vehicle is not amphibious.



ELVO Kentaurus IFV

ELVO Kentaurus IFV

ELVO Kentaurus IFV

ELVO Kentaurus IFV


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