Each participating state in its own way reinterprets the experience of fighting during the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine
The Italian army plans to finally start a large-scale modernization program for its C1 Ariete type main tanks, the Polish portal Defense24 reports . The contractor will be a consortium consisting of Iveco Defense Vehicles and OTO Melara (Società CIO).
The Ministry of Defense of Italy has already allocated 848 million euros for 2022 to start work on updating these tanks. The modernization of the C1 Ariete will consist of the following: the tank will be supplied with a power plant of increased power of 1,500 hp. and an improved gearbox, the tracks will become 20% wider, the anti-mine protection of the bottom will be strengthened. Also, this MBT should receive an electric drive for rotating the tower instead of a hydraulic drive, new optoelectronic observation devices and a digital fire control system.
But there is one caveat – only 125 out of only 200 C1 Ariete MBTs in service with the Italian army are to undergo such a modernization program. The other 75 tanks for the armed forces of Italy suddenly became “redundant”, their further fate is not determined. And instead of tracked vehicles, additional “wheeled tanks” Centauro 2 should be in service.
In fact, the Italian Ministry of Defense approved such a modernization program for its C1 Ariete as early as February 2022 . And here it is indicative that the Italian military decided not to back down from its previous intention, even taking into account the experience of fighting in the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine with the participation of armored vehicles.
It is obvious that each NATO member country will reinterpret the experience of the war in its own way. For example, the Italian army came to the following conclusion – in the conditions of real battles, not the formal number of armored vehicles, but the real combat qualities of armored vehicles has more weight. At the same time, one’s armored personnel carriers must be at least somehow better than the enemy’s.
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