Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8x8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8x8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8×8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The contract for the purchase of 30 “Freccia” 8×8 Medium Armoured Vehicles (5 in Combat version and 25 in Anti-tank version) with ten years integrated logistics support was signed on 27 December 2019 at Palazzo Guidoni, seat of the General Secretariat of Defence and National Armaments Directorate. The contract makes use of funds allocated in the Tri-ministerial Convention between the Ministries of Defence, Economic Development and Finance, allocating around 1.5 billion Euros to the “Freccia” VBM project in the coming years (up to 2032), drawn from resources approved by the 2017 and 2018 Budget Bills. The contract marks the resumption of the supply of vehicles to the Italian Army Second Medium Brigade, a unit based on 381 systems in various configurations.

Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8x8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8×8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The “Freccia” VBM is an 8×8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) of proven reliability in its various versions (Combat, Anti-tank, Mortar Carrier and Command Post) and represents the result of highly-technological synergies between the Technical Area (General Secretariat of Defence – Directorate of Land Armaments), the Operative Area (Army General Staff) of the Ministry of Defence and the Italian Industry. Thanks to a hull designed to provide maximum protection, a powerful Iveco engine coupled with the traditional H-drive, three steering axles, turret and advanced Command, Control and Communications systems by Leonardo, the “Freccia” VBM assures crews excellent tactical and strategic mobility, and force protection combined with adequate firepower in a wide range of operational scenarios.
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8x8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8×8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The inner volume of about 11 m3, can accommodate a driver, a two man turret and 8 fully equipped dismounts. Hydraulically operated, the low angle rear ramp allows particular ease of access and dismount capability with special consideration given to troops laden with heavy kit. The VBM Freccia design is focused on providing the infantry with the firepower and protection they need to undertake their mission effectively. To this end, it is equipped with a two-man HITFIST™ Plus turret mounting a 25 mm or 30 mm cannon as well as the associated fire control system and a range of sighting systems. A coaxial 7.62 mm MG is standard. A mount for an external 5.56/7.62 mm MG is available if required. In the Anti Tank configuration the turret can be fitted with two Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) system.
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8x8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8×8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium, CIO in short, was established in 1985 on equal participation between Iveco Defence Vehicles and former Oto Melara, which is now Leonardo. Within the Consortium, Iveco Defence Vehicles is responsible for engines, gears and all the automotive components, the hull and the final integration of wheeled armoured vehicles while Leonardo is responsible for weapon systems, sight and fire control systems and the hull and the final integration of tracked armoured vehicles. Both companies have excellent skills in the field of protection against direct fire, mines and IEDs.
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8x8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Italian Army Orders 30 Freccia VBM 8×8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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