1995 - Italy Ariete MBT
Armament: 1- 120mm 44
caliber smooth bore gun
1 - 7.62mm AA MG
1- 7.62mm coaxial MG
Fiat, turbocharged, V-12, MTCA diesel,
1200 hp, coupled to a German ZF LSG,
3000 automatic transmission
The Ariete was developed by the Consortium Consorzio lveco Fiat- OTO Melara.
Its main gun can fire the same ammunition as the Abrams, Leopard and Leclerc.
The gun is fully stabilized by hydraulic servos. The fire control system
includes day/night sights for the commander and driver, a laser range finder and
a laser detection system. The hull and turret are made of steel and composite
armor. Deep fording is possible with preparation.
200 tanks have been ordered with final deliveries in 2002.