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Type: Main battle tank
Origin: Italy
Produced: 1995–2002
Unit cost: -

The Ariete(C-1) is a second generation main battle tank, developed by a consortium formed by Iveco-Fiat and Oto Melara. The chassis and engine were produced by Iveco, while the turret and fire-control system were supplied by Oto Melara.The first tank was delivered in 1995 and final delivery ordered took place in August 2002.

An OTO Melara 120mm smooth-bore gun, stabilized on both axes is the main armament. A 7.62mm machine gun is fitted coaxially to the main armament and a weapon of the same caliber is mounted on the turret roof. The 120mm gun can fire all available NATO ammunition.

This main battle tank is protected with composite armor, similar to the American M1 Abrams.

The Ariete Mk.2 (or C-2) was revealed in Eurosatory 2002 and is scheduled for production in the 2015-2020 timeframe.  


Main armament: 120 mm L44 smoothbore gun
Engine: Fiat MTCA 12V 950 kW (1,270 hp)
Speed: 65 km/h (40 mph)
Crew: 4
Length: 9.52 m
Width: 3.61 m
Height: 2.45 m
Weight: 54 tonnes

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Operators Supported countries only!

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