Ariete Main Battle Tank
|CT Mark V Ariete|
|Type||Main Battle Tank|
|Place of origin||Cacerta|
|In service||2003 - Present|
|Used by||Cacertian Royal Army|
|Wars||Triple Continent Conflict|
|Designed||1999 - 2002|
|Produced||2003 - Present|
|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)|
|120mm RA Mark V Smoothbore Gun (52 Rounds)|
|2 x Vitali SMMG (7.62mm; 1 Mounted; 1 Coaxial)|
|Engine|| Alenia V-12 Turbo Diesel Engine|
|Transmission||Alenia TMN Mark VIII|
|Suspension||High-Hardness-Steel Torsion Bars with Rotary Shock Absorbers|
|Fuel capacity||1,600 Liters Internal (423 US Gallons)|
|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.
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.
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.
As of March 2014, a total of approximately 1,800 units have been produced and are currently in active service in the Royal Army.
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.
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.