The Dardo infantry fighting vehicle, also known as the VCC-80, was developed to replace the obsolete M113 APCs.

Armored combat vehicles are a popular vehicle among militaries. It is a combination of mobility, protection and firepower. In the Italian army, the Dardo IFV has been in service since 1998, and to this day it still plays an active role with a total of 200 units produced.

The Dardo infantry fighting vehicle, also known as the VCC-80, was developed to replace the obsolete M113 APCs. It was designed and built by the Iveco Fiat Oto Melara Syndicated Company based in Rome. Iveco is responsible for the hull and propulsion systems, while Oto Melara is responsible for the weapons and fire control systems.

Dardo IFV
Dardo IFV

Dardo has a weight of about 23.4 tons, a length of 6.7 m, a width of 3 m, and a height of 2.64 m. Its three-man crew consisted of commander, gunner, and driver, plus six soldiers in the passenger compartment.

The Dardo hull is built from welded aluminum alloy with add on steel armour plates for increased protection. Over the frontal arc, the vehicle is protected against 25mm APDS projectiles. The side armour protects against 14.5mm projectiles. Four 80mm smoke grenade launchers are installed on each side of the turret.

The Dardo is primarily armed with the 25mm Oerlikon KBA automatic cannon firing 600 rounds per minute, with 200 rounds of ready to fire ammunition stored in the turret. Two 7.62mm NATO machine guns are also installed in the turret, one coaxially mounted with the main gun.

Fire control is provided by the Galileo integrated fire control system, which is capable of measuring target speed and range. The commander is provided with six episcope sights, which provide 360° field of view. The cupola can be further fitted with a panoramic stabilised sight. Additionally, a laser range finder and a thermal imager are provided for the gunner. The commander is equipped with a monitor that displays the view from the gunner night vision system.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here