Lord Jim wrote:Cavalry units using the Centauro variants as the core.
Someone has "been taking notes" as in the 'better days' before 2014 (May 2012, more exactly) this was reported by army-technology.com:
"The Russian Army is testing the B1 Centauro 8×8 wheeled tank, built by Finnmeccanica subsidiary Oto-Melara at a Moscow Region proving ground.
The spokesman for the company was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that the first two vehicles, armed with 105mm and 125mm guns, have arrived in Novorossiysk and are currently being evaluated by the army.
"Two more Centauros with 120mm and 30mm guns will also join the trials in another six weeks," the spokesman said. "The tanks will take part in laboratory, driving and firing trials."
Field trials are scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, following which Russia will consider creating a joint venture for production of the tank with an enterprise from the Russian military-industrial complex. "
- the 120 mm is now Centauro II, but we never got to hear how it managed the 125mm gun (the same as used on current Russian tanks)
Since then tracks and divisions have prevailed over wheels and brigades
- which is not to say that the concept would not have been proved
in the above trials
- more like: if you want to ramp up quickly, continue to make what you already have production lines for. Think of the outcome of Battle of Britain if we had decided to switch all Hurricane production lines to Spitfires, in one go
What I did not know is that Oman has Centauros, on the side of Chally2s. They did not figure in the photos from the recent large-ish exercise; a trial of sorts.
- an opportunity lost? pitching two differently configured forces against each other