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Singular is Freccia, plural would be Frecce going by regular grammar, but I don't know if a vehicle name gets changed like that or it it remains Freccia   Have some Ariete - Centauro II mix

I'm anxiously waiting for the Turkey's K2-derived Altay to have all these teething problems which will be denied with as much vigor as the Indians defend the Arjun. 

8 hours ago, Rico said:

Well they bought Leguan, Wisent 2 ARV and Wisent 2 AEV. It seems a bit stupid to complain about "being too focused on the German alternative"


Note sure about that. They also purchased a variant of the PMMC G5 (though one based on reworked M113 hulls), the IRIS-T SLS missile system and are planning to buy new class U212CD submarines. While these systems are not related to the Leopard 2, there might be some companies involved in making parts for all of them, which could (albeit extremely unlikely) result in a higher dependence from this company.


Personally I believe the best option is to approach the new requirements for tanks open minded, analyze all possible alternatives (regardless of them being too German or not German enough) and then make a decision, rather than deciding to (not) buy something solely based on the country of origin.

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Well, Leguan and Wisent 2 are both based on Norwegian Leo 2A4 and are reworked. Same could be done for the MBT.

Leo 2A7 are old hulls with new stuff inside as well (for DK and GER at least).

So I don't see why an upgrade should be deemed.

The prices that I have seen for Wisent 2 in Norway (documents from NDMA) are ~6.5 mio €/vehicle which is much less compared to a brand new MBT (I think a new 2A7 is ~11 mio. €). That seems quite a good reason for an upgrade.

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1 hour ago, Pascal said:

Distances of High Explosive bursts penetration capabilities, i figured general AFV thread is a good place for this, after all, all AFV have some sort of requirement to this regard. Some bits of M2 AP too.

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is there full report ?

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In a twist Spain has selected the VCR 8x8 Dragón (Piranha 5)



The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, under Article 346 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, has signed the commitment that will allow the incorporation of the Corporation, made up of Spanish companies Indra Sistemas S.A., Santa Bárbara Sistemas S.A., Sapa Placencia S.L. and Escribano Mechanical & Engineering S.L., for the sole purpose of executing the VCR 8x8 Program.

After this signing, a tender period begins with the intention that said contract can be signed during the third quarter of 2020.

The proposal of these companies satisfies the needs of the Spanish Army, by allowing to retain the design authority in Spain and favor a high participation of the national industry in a percentage not less than 70%.

The industrial plan of this program is going to have very positive effects on the national economy, having special incidence in Asturias, Seville, Guipúzcoa and Madrid, where the creation of 650 direct jobs and another 1,000 indirect jobs is expected.

In addition, this solution also guarantees the Army Army the maintenance of the 8x8 'Dragon', facilitating the control of obsolescence and the future incorporation of improvements to the vehicle as well as a significant workload for the national industry throughout its life cycle that does not It will be less than 40 years.



This will deal with the supply of 348 8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), as well as the maintenance and support of their life cycle and the international commercialization of these. These vehicles will be delivered within an estimated period of seven years from the signing of the Program Agreement.

The objective of the four companies through this partnership is to satisfy all operational objectives and respond to all the needs of the Army and the Ministry of Defense and that the VCR 8x8 Program becomes a driving force of the national industry. Along these lines, the development of this program involves an ambitious national Industrial Plan, which facilitates maintaining the authority of design in Spain and favors a high participation of the national industry in it, in a percentage not less than 70%.


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22 hours ago, Beer said:


Is that some radar on the turret side? 

Possibly radio-command antenna for SACLOS ATGMs.




missile launcher, 2T5 radio guided missile family and wire guided modernized 2F and 2T Malyutka anti-tank guided missiles. The 2T5 features a semi-automatic command-to-line of sight (SACLOS) guidance system and has a maximum range of up to 5,000 m at a maximum velocity of 200 m/s.



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   The 4th Alpine special-purpose parachute regiment "Monte Cervino" of the Italian Armed Forces was armed with light high-passable armed tactical ATVs (buggies) ARIS LTATV designed and manufactured by a small Italian company A. R. I. S.











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From the ballistic tests of the Type 90 tank. Claimed to the hte impact of an APFSDS round, but honestly it seems rather like damage caused by a  HEAT round (tiny hole, no fin marks, etc...).

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