Ariete Main Battle Tank

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CT Mark V Ariete
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Type Main Battle Tank
Place of origin  Cacerta
Service history
In service 2003 - Present
Used by
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Cacertian Royal Army
Wars Triple Continent Conflict
Production history
Designer Alenia Industrial
Designed 1999 - 2002
Manufacturer Alenia Industrial
Unit cost ɫ4,023,000
Produced 2003 - Present
Number built 1,800
Specifications
Weight 62.5 Tonnes (69.0 Short Tons; 61.5 Long Tons)
Length 11.50 m (37 ft 9 in) (gun forward)
Width 3.50 m (11 ft 6 in)
Height 2.50 m (8 ft 2 in)
Crew 4 (Commander/Operator, Gunner, Loader, Driver)

Armor Classified
Main
armament
120mm RA Mark V Smoothbore Gun (52 Rounds)
Secondary
armament
2 x Vitali SMMG (7.62mm; 1 Mounted; 1 Coaxial)
Engine Alenia V-12 Turbo Diesel Engine
1,500 hp
Power/weight 20.5 hp/tonne
Transmission Alenia TMN Mark VIII
Suspension High-Hardness-Steel Torsion Bars with Rotary Shock Absorbers
Fuel capacity 1,600 Liters Internal (423 US Gallons)
Operational
range
550 km (340 mi)
Speed 75 km/h (47 mph)

The CT Mark V Ariete is a Cacertian main battle tank currently in service with the Royal Army. It was designed and built by the Cacertian defense corporation Alenia Industrial. The Ariete is the first modern main battle tank design to be used and incorporated in the Royal Army, entering service in mid-2003. It first saw combat while deployed in North Arusia during the Triple Continent Conflict.

Development

Cacerta's heavy vehicle manufacturer, Alenia Industrial, began designing the Ariete shortly after New Years in January of 1999 as part of modernization project for the Royal Army. Taking hints from their allies in the Neuvonian Federation, Alenia utilized several design characterizations that illustrated the superior engineering of Neuvonia's multiple design bureaus. It was known for its use of sloping armor, sophisticated targeting arrays, and advanced engine which made it unique among the previously mass-produced armored vehicles of Cacerta's past.

Production

The successful field test of the Ariete resulted in their immediate commissioning to replace their aged predecessors. Cacerta's heavy manufacturers were quickly set to making the new vehicle and entered a production height of several hundred units a month until the Army's primary quota was fulfilled in late 2007. Orders have been relatively few in the last several years, mostly relegated to Cacertian Panzer Fahren teams, but rumors have spread that the Army may order more in consideration for fully mobilizing all of Cacerta's land forces by providing Arietes to existing Territorial Battalions.

Production Figures

As of March 2014, a total of approximately 1,800 units have been produced and are currently in active service in the Royal Army.

Design

The Ariete is uniquely characterized by its wide-body turret, surprisingly tall profile, and Alenia Industrial Mark V smoothbore 120mm cannon. Unlike previous vehicles of the Royal Army which used rifled tank cannons, the Ariete is able to take a number of differing shells ranging from an armor-piercing discarding sabot to modern anti-infantry canister shells. It is powered by a V-12 turbo diesel engine capable of propelling the Ariete to a top speed of 75 kilometers an hour.

Operational History

The Ariete first entered full-service with Cacerta's Royal Army in July 2003 and has become the main armored vehicle of Cacertian Panzer Fahren teams. Until the start of the Triple Continent Conflict, it had not seen combat but proved to be an extremely durable and capable vehicle on the snow-covered plains and rough terrain that characterized the battlefields in Northern Arusia. It was characterized by its maneuverability and adaptability, known for being able to keep up with the recognizably fast tactics of the Northeastern Nations and their characteristically fast armored vehicles.

See Also

Tanks Produced in Cacerta