Italian Company OTO Melara delivers Centauro and Freccia vehicles to Russia for firing tests 2810124
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|Sunday, October 28, 2012, 12:35 AM|
|Italian Company OTO Melara delivers Centauro and Freccia vehicles to Russia for firing tests.|
The Italian company OTO Melara has delivered two anti-tank armoured vehicles Centauro and two armoured infantry fighting vehicle Centauro Freccia in Russia, the vehicles were delivered for firing tests that will start after the green light by the Russian authorities, announced Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in Paris, representative of OTO Melara at Euronaval 2012, the International naval and maritime defence show.
Italian OTO Melara Centauro anti-tank armoured vehicle with 120mm cannon and Centauro Freccia with 30mm cannon arrive in Russia for firing tests.
"The four vehicles are in Russia, the last two, a Centauro and a Freccia were delivered in July. We also provided all the equipment for the firing tests. We cannot specify the date of the firing tests, there must be decision of the Russian side, "said the representative of OTO Melara.
OTO Melara has first delivered a wheeled anti-tank vehicle Centauro with a 105 mm cannon and a wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicle Freccia based on the chassis of Centauro and armed with a 25 mm cannon. These types of vehicles are currently in services with the Italian army. In July, Russia received an n anti-tank armoured vehicle with 120mm cannon and one armored infantry fighting vehicle with 30 mm cannon. The tests must take place within the framework of an agreement signed by the Russian and Italian Ministries of Defence in September 2011.
Bruno Farina, the head of OTO Melara for cooperation with Russia, previously told RIA Novosti that the test of the range of Centauro vehicles could result in the creation of a joint venture of Russia and Italy to produce Italian Centauro with Russian missiles or to purchase a license to manufacture the Centauro vehicles in Russia.