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Here are the best fire support vehicles in use

What exactly are these vehicles? First of all, the fire support vehicles are armored military vehicles specially designed to provide direct fire support or support infantry in other ways. There are differences between this type of vehicle and other military equipment such as main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, light utility vehicles or armored personnel carriers. Armament-wise, their guns are quite different from the typical battle tank main guns.

Fire support vehicles are equipped with ideal weapons to support infantry on the battlefield. Thus, it is easy to understand that their armament consists of smaller weapons with less range and a higher rate of fire. A common misunderstanding occurs between fire support vehicles and multi-role vehicles which were designed as multipurpose options, to operate in different roles and missions. Last but not least, self-propelled artillery is a completely different category of weapons. So let’s see the ten best fire support vehicles in the world.

9 PTL-02

The Chinese 6×6 vehicle was designed as an affordable yet agile option that can provide effective fire support on the battlefield. Its production began in 2004-2005, and today it is used in large quantities in the armed forces of the country.

Its armament includes a 100 mm high pressure smoothbore cannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun and a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun

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The specific vehicle operates in fire support and reconnaissance missions. The French military industry developed, designed and produced these weapons. It is announced that the AMX-10RCR will soon be replaced by a new armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle. It includes a GIAT F2 105mm machine gun and two 7.62mm machine guns.

7 M1128 Stryker MGS

The M1128 Stryker MGS began service with the US Army in 2007. It is one of ten Stryker versions, although it was produced in limited units. The vehicles encountered various problems, particularly with their turret. It includes a 105 mm M68A1E4 cannon (tank gun), a 7.62 mm machine gun and a 12.7 machine gun.

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6 ZTL-09

Chinese vehicles took the majority of the list, as the ZTL-09 is another powerful vehicle designed and produced by China. The ZTL-09 is still produced today in large numbers. The ZTL-09 is equipped with a 105mm cannon, a 7.62mm machine gun and a 12.7mm machine gun.

5 Pandur 2 FSV

Of course, you did not expect Austria to produce such a powerful combat vehicle. But, Pandur 2 FSV is excellent and able to perform effectively in the battlefield. It carries a 105 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun.

4 centauro

The fourth most capable vehicle on the list also has an attractive designation. The Italian 8×8 Centauro is the first successful fire support vehicle. This in itself is a fascinating fact about the weapon. When it was first announced, it had firepower equivalent to that of the Leopard 1. Centauro has proven its capabilities countless times in conflicts.

3 Maneuver combat vehicle

And this is our first Japanese vehicle, the Maneuver Combat Vehicle which went into production in 2008. The vehicle was first announced in 2013. It is equipped with a 105mm cannon, a 7.62 mm and a 12.7 machine gun.

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2 Centauro with 120 mm gun

Centauro with 120 mm gun is a version of the original Centauro with improved armament. When first seen in 2004, it was the only one of its kind with such heavy weaponry. It comes with a 120mm smoothbore cannon, two 7.62 machine guns and a 12.7 machine gun.

1 Centauro 2

It’s not our fault…the Centauro family fire support vehicles are just too good. Each of them is a first-class and powerful combat vehicle. We can say that they are the flagships of the Italian land forces. Centauro 2 made its first public presentation in 2016, when it was produced in Italy, just like the rest of the “family”. This vehicle is considered the next generation of the Centauro fire support vehicle.

With such a design, Centauro 2 offers excellent mobility. Powered by an IVECO VECTOR 8V diesel engine (720 hp), the vehicle can reach a top speed of 200 km/h. Its autonomy is limited to 500 miles.

Its 8×8 configurations allow it to carry heavy armament and outperform most of its competitors in this type of military vehicle. The ammunition load consists of 40 rounds for the main gun, 400 for the 12.7 mm machine gun and 750 for the 7.62 mm. With available ammunition, Centauro 2 can destroy tanks and other armored vehicles of enemy forces. You really have to understand that with such heavy armament, the Italian fire support vehicle has firepower equivalent to most first-class main battle tanks. This fact is truly impressive.

In terms of protection, the armor of the Italian vehicle is, of course, inferior to most modern battle tanks. With additional armour, Centauro 2 is protected by 20mm shells in the forward arc and 12.7mm shells in the rest of the hull. Its armament includes a 120 mm high pressure cannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun and a 12.7 mm machine gun.

Besides the fire support role, Centauro 2 is capable of operating in tactical reconnaissance and territorial defense missions.

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