London, July 24, 2018
The Iveco - Oto Melara Consortium (CIO), which includes Iveco Defence Vehicles, the latter
being a subsidiary of CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), has signed a contract with the
Italian Army for the first tranche of ten Centauro II Vehicles, (named by the Italian Army as
“New Blindo Centauro”). The contract was signed on July 24, 2018 in the presence of the
Italian Army Chief of Staff and of the Land Armaments Director by the Iveco - Oto Melara
Consortium (CIO) senior management at Guidoni Palace, headquarters of the General
Secretariat of Defence and of the National Armaments Directorate.
The Centauro II marks a major step forward compared to the previous Centauro I, in terms of
power, observation capability, mobility, ergonomics, firing range, communication and
maximum crew protection.
Equipped with a new power pack delivering over 700hp and with H-drive architecture, a
hallmark of the 8x8 Centauro range, Centauro II features an entirely digital system and a new
generation turret mounting with a 120 mm gun.
The result is a new concept of wheeled armored vehicle capable of operating in any scenario:
from national security missions, to peace-keeping and support operations including all
interventions involving the Italian Armed Forces.
The CIO contract, including vehicles, equipment and logistics, is worth 159 million euros, with
some 65 million euros relating to Iveco Defence Vehicles.
This delivery is the first tranche of a total of 136 units.