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C-1 Ariete

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C-1 Ariete MBT
Country Of origin Italy
Designation Main Battle Tank
Configuration Tracked
Manufacturer: IVECO & Oto Malaro
Crew: 4
Length 9.67 m
Width 3.60 m
Height 2.50 m
Weight 59.500 t
Speed 65 km/h
Range 550 km
Primary armament 1 x 120mm Gun
Secondary armament 1 x 7.62mm AA MG
1 x 7.62 co-axial MG
2x4 smoke dischargers
Power plant 1300 BHP
NBC Yes
Night Yes - Passive


A conventional, if unspectacular, main battle tank in service with the Italian Army. The Ariete weapons system fires traditional MBT projectiles including illuminating, HE, HEAT and others. It features a computerized fire control system, a fully powered operated turret and laser range finders.

One could make the joke about 1 forward, 9 reverse gears but as we are all one big happy NATO family supporting each other in Afghanistan I wouldn't dare say such a thing ... unless some nations weren't pulling their weight of course!