|Type||Infantry fighting vehicle|
|Place of origin||Italy|
|Wars||Operation Iraqi Freedom, War in Afghanistan|
|Weight||23. An infantry fighting vehicle ( IFV, also known as (mechanized infantry combat vehicle, (MICV) is a type of Armoured fighting vehicle (AFV Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) 4 t|
|Length||6. 7 m|
|Width||3. 0 m|
|Height||2. 64 m|
|Crew||3 (commander, gunner, driver) + 6 troops|
|25mm Oerlikon KBA automatic cannon; 2x TOW Anti-Tank Missile launchers (optional)|
|7. For body armour see Armour, for armoured forces see Armoured warfare, for other uses see Armour (disambiguation. The 25 mm caliber is one of the standard sizes of Cannon and Autocannon Ammunition for NATO forces An autocannon is a rapid fire projectile Weapon. Autocannon often have a larger Caliber (calibre than a Machine gun (i 62 mm coaxial machine gun; Smoke-grenade launchers|
|Engine||Iveco – Fiat 6V MTCA turbodiesel|
512 hp (382. In Geometry, coaxial means that two or more forms share a common axis; it is the three- Dimensional linear analog of " Concentric " For other uses of the phrase see Machine Gun (disambiguation. Iveco is an Italian Truck, Bus, and Diesel engine Manufacturer, based in Turin, Italy. Fiat SpA (an Acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Automobile Factory of Turin) is an Italian automobile manufacturer 2 kW)
|Suspension||hydropneumatic torsion bar|
The Dardo is a Infantry Fighting Vehicle designed for the Italian Army as a replacement for the M113 APC designed and built by the Iveco Fiat Oto Melara Syndicated Company based in Rome. An infantry fighting vehicle ( IFV, also known as (mechanized infantry combat vehicle, (MICV) is a type of Armoured fighting vehicle (AFV The Italian Army (Esercito Italiano is the ground defense force of the Military of Italy. Rome ( Roma ˈroma Roma is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy's largest and most populous city with more than 2 Iveco is responsible for the hull and propulsion systems while Oto Melara is responsible for the weapons system and fire control system.
The Dardo is primarily armed with the 25mm Oerlikon KBA automatic cannon firing 600 rounds per minute, with 200 rounds of ammunition stored in the turret ready to fire. Two 7.62mm NATO machine guns are also installed in the turret, one mounted coaxial with the main gun. The 762x51mm NATO is a Rifle cartridge developed in the 1950s as a standard firearm cartridge among NATO countries Five rifle ports, two on each side on the hull and one in the rear are provided to allow troops inside to use their personal weapons if needed.
Fire control is provided by the Galileo Avionica Hitfist integrated fire control system which is capable of measuring target speed and range. The commander is provided with six episcope sights which provides 360° field of vision. The cupola can be further fitted with a panoramic stabilised sight. Additionally, a laser range finder and a thermal imager is provided for the gunner. The commander is equipped with a monitor that displays the view from the gunner night vision system.
For dealing with heavy armoured threats, two Spike-LR anti tank missiles can be installed on both sides of the turret with a maximum range of 4km. Spike is a third generation Anti-tank guided missile developed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd
The Dardo hull is built from welded aluminum alloy with add on steel armour plates for increased protection. Four 80mm smoke grenade launchers, are installed on both sides of the turret, for a total of eight.
The Dardo is powered by an Iveco 6V turbo-charge after-cooled diesel engine delivering 512 hp (382. A turbocharger, or turbo, is an air Compressor used for forced-induction of an Internal combustion engine. 2 kW). This drives a ZF-designed automatic transmission system which is manufactured under license by Iveco Fiat. See Transmission (mechanics for a car's transmission system In Telecommunications a transmission system is a system that transmits a The transmission system has four forward and two reverse gears, and incorporates the steering system and the hydraulic retarder.
The running gear consists six dual rubber lined road wheels, with three return rollers on each side and connector type tracks. The suspension consists of a torsion bar, bumper and a hydraulic shock absorber on each suspension arm. Disc brakes on each of the final drives controlled by a transmission retarder provide the braking.
Together, this allows the Dardo to achieve speeds in excess of 70 km/h, maneuver on gradients of more than 60% and ford waters up to a depth of 1. 5 m.
The Dardos currently in service with the Italian Army are fitted with the "Hitfist" IFV turret. The chassis is intended to be the basic model of a family of vehicles, which may include a 120 mm mortar carrier, command (C3I) vehicle, ambulance and light tank with a 105mm gun turret.
Dardos were deployed with the Italian Army as part of the Italian contribution to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign Currently 10 are being shipped to Afghanistan, to reinforce the Italian Battlegroups there. Also some are in use with the Italian UNIFIL contingent.