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List of armored artillery vehicles military equipment that Italy plans to deliver to Ukraine | Defense News April 2022 Global Security Army Industry | Defense Security world news army industry year 2022


According to information published by the website of the Italian newspaper “Corriere Della Sera“on April 23, 2022, Italy is considering different options to deliver weapons to Ukraine, including 155mm artillery howitzers PzH 2000M109L, as well as Sidam 25 tracked armored air defense vehicles, M113A1 tracked Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles and VCC-1, Iveco VM90 and LMV 4×4 light tactical vehicles.
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Like other countries, Italy focuses on the delivery of mobile artillery systems such as Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. Italy has not yet made a decision on the type of artillery system that could be delivered to Ukraine, and there are two possible options, the M109L which is an Italian version of the American tracked self-propelled howitzer 155mm M109 or the PzH 2000, which is the latest generation 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer that is in service with Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands and in Qatar.

On April 20, 2022, Army Recognition reported that the Netherlands would have sent PzH 2000 155 mm tracked self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine and that Germany would provide Ukraine with ammunition and training for these artillery systems.

The M109L is an Italian-made development of the American M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer. The first batch of 32 155mm M109Ls was completed in 1986 and final deliveries were made in 1992.

The M109L has been upgraded with a long-barreled 39 caliber version to replace the original 23 caliber barrel of the American M109. The new gun is capable of firing FH-70 projectiles up to a maximum range of 24,000 m. The M109L can also fire assisted munitions at a maximum range of 30 km.


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M109L 155mm Tracked Self-Propelled Howitzer


The M109L is no longer in service with the Italian Army and has been replaced by the German-made PzH 2000. Currently, the Italian army has a total of 69 PzH 2000 155 mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.

the PzH 2000 is a 155 mm self-propelled howitzer designed, developed and manufactured by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in collaboration with Rheinmetall Defense. The main armament consists of a Rheinmetall 155mm 52 cal. pistol with a chrome-plated barrel and a semi-automatic lifting breech block with an integrated standard 32-round primer magazine. It has a maximum firing range of 30 km with standard projectiles and up to 40 km with assisted projectiles.


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PzH 2000 155 mm tracked self-propelled howitzer


The M113A1 is the production variant of the American-made M113 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicle which entered service with the United States Army in 1963. It is one of the most popular tracked APCs used in the world. The rear part of the vehicle can accommodate up to 11 infantrymen in APC configuration. It is one of the most popular tracked APCs in the world and over 40 variants have been developed. The hull of the M113 provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shrapnel.


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M113A1 APC Tracked Armored Personnel Carrier (non-Italian version)


The VCC-1 also nicknamed Camillino is an improved Italian-made version of the M113A1 tracked APC. The main improvements over the VCC-1 can be summarized as increased firepower, better armor protection, the ability for infantry to aim and fire their weapons from inside the hull, and a better layout seats. The vehicle is no longer in service with the Italian army and has been replaced by the Dardo tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle).


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Sidam 25 self-propelled anti-aircraft mobile gun vehicle based on M113 tracked APC chassis.


The SIDAM 25 is a mobile anti-aircraft gun system developed in Italy based on the tracked chassis of the American M113 APC. The roof of the hull is fitted with a gunnery station armed with four 25 mm Oerlikon automatic cannons which have an effective range of approximately 2,500 m

The Sidam 25 is used to destroy low-flying targets. The cannons can fire at a rate of 2,440 rounds per minute. The turret holds 150 rounds of high-explosive fragmentation ammunition for each gun. An internal magazine also houses 40 APDS rounds that can be used against enemy vehicles. The turret can rotate 360° and the guns can be elevated from +87° to -5°.


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VM90 4×4 Light Tactical Vehicle


The VM90 is an Italian-made 4×4 multirole tactical vehicle designed and manufactured by the IVECO company. The vehicle design is based on the civilian Iveco Daily truck. It has a crew of two located forward in a crew cabin. The rear part of the vehicle can accommodate up to 8 soldiers.


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Iveco LMV 4×4 light tactical vehicle


the LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle) is a 4×4 tactical vehicle developed by Iveco and in service in several countries. The Light Multi-Purpose Vehicle (LMV) was originally developed by IVECO Defense Vehicles as a private company, with the first of 10 prototypes completed in 2001. The vehicle entered service with the Italian Army in 2003 and is now in service with Albania, Austria. , Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia and United Kingdom.