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Dardo infantry fighting vehicle

Dardo IFV is a tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) designed and built by the Iveco Fiat Oto Melara Syndicated Company for the Italian Army.

Iveco manufactures the hull and the propulsion system, while Oto Melara produces the weapons and the fire control system.

Author: Italian Army - www.esercito.difesa.it
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The serial production of the Dardo IFV began in 1998 when it also entered service with the Italian Army.

Dardo IFV has a mass of 23.4 tonnes (25.8 tons), a length of 6.7 m (22 ft), a width of 3.0 m (9.8 ft), and a height of 2.64 m (8.66 ft).

It has a crew of three (3) including the commander, the gunner, and the driver, and can carry six (6) troops.

The Italian Dardo infantry fighting vehicle has a modular armor, with the front offering protection against 25 mm APDS.

It is also equipped with smoke grenade launchers to hide from the enemy fire.

As main armament, Dardo IFV uses a 25 mm Oerlikon KBA automatic cannon and optionally, two Spike anti-tank missile launchers.

As secondary armament, it is fitted with a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.

Dardo IFV is powered by a 512 hp (382.2 kW) Iveco-Fiat 6V MTCA turbodiesel engine and has a power-to-weight ratio of 24.5 hp/tonne.

Using a hydropneumatic torsion bar suspension, it has an operational range of 600 km (372.8 mi) and reaches a maximum speed of 70 km/h (43.5 mi/h).

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