CIO (Iveco Fiat-Oto Melara Consortium) has brought its latest Freccia (8x8) to IDEX 2015, in the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration, to offer it for the first time to meet potential requirements in the region. Freccia is in full-scale production for the Italian Army under two contracts, one for 249 vehicles and a second for 381. More than 220 units have already been delivered.
The Freccia IFV is fitted with a two-person turret armed with an Oerlikon 25mm dual-feed cannon, 7.62mm co-axial machine gun and a similar roof-mounted weapon. Other armament options include an ATK 30mm Mk44 cannon and an anti-tank guided weapon mounted either side of the turret.
In addition to its crew of three, the vehicle also carries eight dismounts in the IFV configuration. More specialised Freccia versions include reconnaissance, command post vehicle and 120mm self-propelled mortar.
An armoured personnel carrier version is also being marketed, while a specialised amphibious version has been developed for the Italian Army and Marines. Through BAE Systems, this has been further developed to meet a US Marine Corps requirement.
CIO (Stand 07-B10) has also achieved considerable success with its Centauro 105mm Mobile Gun Systems (MGS), with a total of 400 delivered to the Italian Army. A further 84 were sold to Spain, which also took delivery of a batch of four armoured recovery vehicles.
In the Middle East, CIO is supplying 141 Centauro 105mm MGSs to Jordan. They are drawn from stock that has become surplus to the requirements of the Italian Army.
Oman has taken delivery of nine Centauro systems armed with a 120mm smooth-bore gun. In the meantime, CIO is developing a new-generation Centauro 2 to replace the current production system.
The first Centauro 2 has recently been completed to undergo extensive user trials.