List artillery armored vehicles military equipment that Italy plans to deliver to Ukraine
According to information published by the Italian Newspaper website "Corriere Della Sera" on April 23, 2022, Italy is considering different options for delivering arms to Ukraine including 155mm artillery howitzers PzH 2000, M109L, as well as Sidam 25, tracked air defense armored vehicles, M113A1 and VCC-1 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles, Iveco VM90 and LMV 4x4 light tactical vehicles.
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Pictures will all the combat vehicles that Italy could deliver to Ukraine.
Like other countries, Italy focuses to the delivery of mobile artillery systems such as Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. Italy has not yet made a decision on the type of artillery system that could be delivered to Ukraine, and there are two possible options, the M109L which is an Italian version of the American M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer or the PzH 2000, which is the latest generation of 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer which is in service Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, and Qatar.
On April 20, 2022, Army Recognition reported that the Netherlands would have sent PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine and Germany will provide Ukraine with ammunition and training for these artillery systems.
The M109L is an Italian-made development of the American M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer. The first batch of 32 155 mm M109Ls was completed in 1986 and final deliveries were made in 1992.
The M109L was upgraded with a 39 caliber long-barrel version to replace the original 23 caliber barrel of the American M109. The new cannon is able to fire FH-70 projectiles to a maximum range of 24,000 m. The M109L can also fire assisted ammunition at a maximum range of 30 km.
M109L 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer
The M109L is no longer in service with the Italian army and was replaced by the German-made PzH 2000. Currently, the Italian army has a total of 69 PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.
The PzH 2000 is a 155mm self-propelled howitzer designed, developed, and manufactured by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) together with Rheinmetall Defence. The main armament consists of a Rheinmetall 155mm 52 cal. gun with a chromium-plated barrel and semi-automatic lifting breech block with an integrated 32-round standard primer magazine. It has a maximum firing range of 30 km with standard projectiles and up to 40km with assisted projectiles.
PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer
The M113A1 is the production variant of the American-made M113 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicle which entered service with the U.S. Army in 1963. It is one of the most popular tracked APCs used in the world. The rear part of the vehicle can accommodate up to 11 infantrymen in APC configuration. It is one of the most popular tracked APCs in the world and more than 40 variants have been developed. The hull of the M113 provides protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters.
M113A1 tracked APC Armored Personnel Carrier vehicle (Not Italian Version)
The VCC-1 also nicknamed Camillino is an Italian-made upgraded version of the M113A1 tracked APC. Main improvements over the VCC-1 can be summarized as increased firepower, improved armor protection, the infantry's ability to aim and fire their weapons from inside the hull, and improved seating arrangements. The vehicle no longer in service with the Italian army and was replaced by the Dardo tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle).
Sidam 25 self-propelled anti-aircraft mobile gun vehicle based on M113 tracked APC chassis.
The SIDAM 25 is a mobile anti-aircraft gun system developed in Italy based on the tracked chassis of the American M113 APC. The roof of the hull is fitted with a weapon station armed with four 25mm Oerlikon automatic cannons which have an effective range of about 2,500 m
The Sidam 25 is used to destroy low-flying targets. The cannons can fire at a rate of 2,440 rounds per minute. The turret contains 150 rounds of high-explosive fragmentation ammunition for each gun. An internal magazine also houses 40 APDS rounds that can be used against enemy vehicles. The turret can traverse through 360° and the guns can be elevated from +87° to -5°.
VM90 4x4 light tactical vehicle
The VM90 is an Italian-made 4x4 multirole tactical vehicle designed and manufactured by the company IVECO. The design of the vehicle is based on the civilian truck Iveco Daily. It has a crew of two located at the front in a crew cab. The rear part of the vehicle can accommodate up to 8 military personnel.
Iveco LMV 4x4 light tactical vehicle
The LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle) is a 4x4 tactical vehicle developed by Iveco and is in service with several countries. The Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV) was originally developed by the IVECO Defence Vehicles as a private venture with the first of 10 prototypes being completed in 2001. The vehicle entered into service with the Italian army in 2003 and is now in service with Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.