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Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle / Missile Carrier [ 2008 ]

The VBM Freccia AIFV/ATGM is a dual-role armored vehicle of Italian design - suitable for troop-carrying and tank-killing.

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The VBM Freccia AIFV/ATGM is the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) / tank-killer form of the base Freccia armored vehicle offered by CIO of Italy. The type retains the general form of the original vehicle but broadens its mission set to include infantry support and an anti-tank capability. The same 8x8 wheeled arrangement is retained as is the low profile design making it an ideal solution for the modern battlefield.

Internally, there is a crew of three made up of the driver, vehicle commander, and gunner with additional seating for up to eight combat-ready troops in the hull rear. Entry-exit is primarily accomplished through a powered door located at the rear hull face, giving unfettered access to the fighting cabin. This pushes the powerpack to the front-right which results in the driver being positioned at the front-left. Access hatches are located at the driver's position and at the commander's and gunner's turret positions. Night vision equipment is supported.

The turret is a Leonardo development known as the HITFIST Plus which features either a 25mm or 30mm automatic cannon solution (a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun being standard in either arrangement). Between six and eight smoke grenade dischargers can be featured on the turret. The Fire Control System (FCS) is digital an offered with a variety of sighting and sensor systems as well as fully-stabilization for firing "on-the-move". The vehicle is also given a complete Command, Control, and Communications (C3) suite to better network with allied battlefield components. Full 360-degree traversal can be had from the emplacement.

The 25mm automatic cannon is the KBA Oerlikon system while the 30mm fit is the ATK MK 44 model. 200 projectiles of either High-Explosive (HE) or Armor-Piercing, Discarding Sabot (APDS) rounds (typically a mix of both) can be carried and fed into the weapon systems.

600 x Rounds of 7.62mm ammunition are carried for the co-axial machine gun fitting.

Beyond its ballistics-based offerings, the AIFV/ATGM can optionally support Anti-Tank, Guided-Missiles (ATGMs) to ranged tank-killing firepower. The boxed launchers are mounted along the sides of the turret offering four ready-to-fire missiles with an additional eight missiles retained in the hull for reloading.

A single 7.62mm machine gun can be mounted on the turret roof as an Anti-Aircraft (AA) / anti-infantry measure.

Like other vehicles of the Freccia line, the AIFV/ATGM model is steerable at the first, second, and forth axles for an improved turn radius. The 8x8x wheeled arrangement, complete with its MacPherson independent hydro-pneumatic suspension system, offers excellent mobility when going cross-country.

Structurally, the vehicle has a running length of 8.56 meters with a width of 2.99 meters and a height of 3.18 meters to turret top. Empty weight is 22 tons against a gross weight of 31.5 tons when loaded.

The IVECO 8262 6V turbo-charged after-cooler engine delivers 550 horsepower at 2,000rpm and the transmission system is automatic, featuring five forward and two reverse gears.

The roadwheels are oversized for heavy-duty usage and are of run-flat design while being managed through a Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS).

Beyond its relatively compact form and low-profile shape, the AIFV/ATGM also sports a hardened steel hull, base ballistics protection, basic mine protection, mine-resistant seats for the occupants, and a laser warning system.

With its all-modern approach in form and function, the VBM Freccia AIFV/ATGM is a welcome addition to any ground force arsenal - combining a proven drivetrain and framework while offering inherent mobility to keep up with the main fighting force.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

CIO / IVECO / OTO-Melara - Italy
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Amphibious Assault
Traverse bodies of open water under own power with / without preparation.
Anti-Tank / Anti-Armor
Base model or variant can be used to track, engage, and defeat armored enemy elements at range.
Infantry Support
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Recoil Enhancement
Main weapon has an integral recoil mechanism, allowing the system to remain trained-on-target after firing.
Firing On-the-Move
A modern quality, onboard systems provide accuracy to primary armament allowing for firing on-the-move.
System can enter and traverse open water sources - either rivers, lakes, and streams; Amphibious Assault operation support.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled Armor
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
Shallow Glacis
The shallow design of the glacis plate provides the vehicle with inherent ballistics protection as well as contributes to a lower overall profile - making it more difficult to disable.
Enhanced Armor Protection
Protection is enhanced by way of additional armor being installed over that of standard levels; plate steel for older designs and reactive armor for modern types.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Tank Capable
Onboard solution provides ability to neutralize armored or fortified targets at range through missile or penetrating ballistic weapons.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Troop Carrier
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

28.1 ft
8.56 m
9.8 ft
2.99 m
10.4 ft
3.18 m
69,446 lb
31,500 kg
34.7 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base CIO VBM Freccia AIFV/ATGM production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x IVECO 8262 6V turbo-charged after-cooler engine developing 550 horsepower at 2,000rpm driving conventional 8x8 all-wheeled arrangement.
Transmission: 1 x Automatic tranmission system featuring five forward and two reverse gears.
68.4 mph
(110.0 kph)
497.1 mi
(800.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base CIO VBM Freccia AIFV/ATGM production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 25mm KBA Oerlikon OR 1 x ATK Mk 44 automatic cannon in front turret face.
1 x 7.62mm co-axial machine gun in front turret face.
6 OR 8 x Smoke grenade dischargers on turret.

2 x 2-cell Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM) launchers on turret sides.
1 x 7.62mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) machine gun on turret roof.

Supported Types

Graphical image of a tank automatic cannon
Graphical image of a tank anti-tank guided missile
Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of a tank heavy machine gun
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
200 x 25mm / 30mm projectiles (HE or APDS types).
600 to 800 x 7.62mm ammunition (1 or 2 x 7.62mm machine gun systems).
6 to 8 x Smoke grenades.
12 x ATGMs (if equipped).

VBM Freccia AIFV/ATGM - Base Series Designation.

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