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Got to sneak a peak at this today:        

It is not an autoloader, but a semi-automatic ammo rack. The ammunition is stored in a separate compartment, the gunner or loader selects the desired type of round, then the mechanism pushed the round

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17 hours ago, LoooSeR said:

   Panhard M8 from 1970s. 105 mm gun, hydropneumatic controllable suspension. 12.8 t (turret with equipment - 4t),

 

That's the TK 105 turret (same as the AMX-10RC).

 

Its 105 mm gun is fitted with an old muzzle break from the 1950s.

 

17 hours ago, LoooSeR said:

75 km/h forward, 8 backwards

 

8 km/h through the water

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   On May 28, 2020, the National Arms Directorate of the Italian Ministry of Defense announced a contract with the Italian consortium CIO for the supply of 40 additional new wheeled 8x8 Centauro II armored vehicles with 120 mm guns to the Italian Army.


   These 40 gun carriers must be delivered in a new version 3.0. The contract price includes the conversion of a prototype Centauro II from version 2.0 to version 3.0. The contract also includes a 10-year warranty service and the supply of spare parts and necessary equipment, including repair, training of personnel, and the supply of four spare sets of armored hulls and turrets of Centauro II.


   The contract option includes 56 more Centauro II vehicles (also in version 3.0), three armored repair and recovery vehicles on the chassis of the VBM Freccia wheeled armored personnel carrier, five spare sets of Centauro II armored vehicles and turrets, service support, etc. The total value of the contract (with an option) is 1.1595 billion euros, which should be allocated from 2020 to 2030.

 

   Earlier in July 2018, the Italian Ministry of Defense issued a CIO contract of € 159 million for the supply of the first 10 Centauro II production vehicles (2.0 version) to the Italian army, which should be delivered from the first quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022.
   The main external difference between version 3.0 and version 2.0 will be the rejection of the characteristic four large circular integrated integrated antennas of the RCIED system installed on the prototypes, combining communications, an identification system and a navigation system. They will be replaced in version 3.0 with a more compact four-sided antenna mounted on the roof of the turret.
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   The Centauro II HITFACT II turret is equipped with a 120 mm / 45 smoothbore gun developed by Oto Melara (an optional 105 mm / 52 cannon can be used). The 120 mm / 45 gun has high ballistics, a muzzle brake and recoil reduction mechanisms, and is also equipped with a sensor for measuring the initial velocity of the projectile. The 120mm armor-piercing armor-piercing projectile designed for this gun is claimed to have armor penetration of 600 mm homogeneous steel armor (RHA) from a distance of 3000 m (angle was not mentioned). The 105-mm armor-piercing armor-piercing projectile of the Centauro armored vehicle has an armor penetration of 480 mm RHA from 2,000 m. The shells in the HITFACT II turret are located in the aft compartment behind the fire barrier with a lockable door.
   It is reported that the Italian army is considering the use of modern 120-mm rounds produced by the German Rheinmetall group used in Leopard 2 tanks - armor-piercing subcaliber round DM53A1, multi-purpose DM11 with programmable fuse, high-explosive fragmentation RH31 (simplified version DM11 ) and training shell DM78. Successful test firing of these shells from a Centauro with a 120-mm cannon was carried out in early 2015.

https://bmpd.livejournal.com/4045744.html

 

   I guess this is version 2.0/prototype

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I post my question here, because it probably doesn't apply to man-portable ATGMs:

 

How are the warheads of missiles like Hellfire, Spike-LR/ER and MMP (and potential similar Asian systems) fuzed? Just wondering because HOT-3 and PARS-3LR utilized an interesting system to gain optimum stand-off (determining the distance using optical sensors i.e. lasers and then fuzing at most ideal point).

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