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C-1 Ariete main battle tank

Entered service in 1995
Crew 4
Dimensions and weight 
Total weight in combat order 54 t
Overall length 9 670 mm
Chassis length 7 590 mm
Width 3 610 mm
Height 2 500 mm
Main gun Otobreda 120-mm smoothbore gun
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm
Traverse range 360 degrees
Elevation range - 9 to + 20 degrees
Combat load
Main gun 42 rounds
Machine guns 2 500 rounds
Engine Fiat V-12 MTCA diesel
Engine power 1 250 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Slope 60
Ford 1.25 m
Ford with preparation 4

The C-1 Ariete main battle tank entered service with Italian army in 1995. Developed by Oto Melara and Iveco this advanced MBT was intended to meet all the 21st century needs for a main battle tank. 200 tanks were ordered by the Italian army and the last delivery was made in 2005.

The Ariete can be compared with all the latest main battle tanks in terms of protection and firepower.

Main armament of the C-1 is a 120-mm L44 smoothbore gun, developed by Otobreda. It fires all available NATO standard 120-mm tank ammunition including armor-piercing and high-explosive rounds. This main battle tank carries a total of 42 rounds for it's main gun. 15 of them are located in the turret, while remaining 27 are stored in the hull. Tanks fire control system allows to engage moving and stationary targets with a great degree of success.

C-1 Ariete main battle tank Additional armament consists of two 7.62-mm machine guns. One of them is mounted coaxially with the main gun, while the other on is positioned on top of the turret roof. It also carries electronically operated smoke grenade dischargers, for visual protection against enemy attacks.

This main battle tank is powered by a Fiat 12-cylinder diesel engine, developing 1 250 horsepower. Engine is coupled with an automatic transmission with four forward and two reverse gears. It has a maximum road speed of 65 km/h.

Currently an improved version with an L55 gun barrel has been developed. This version features better fire accuracy and is ready for production on demand.

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