lol, Cenatauro and Freccia fail testing at Kubinka.
I am surprised (not).
Apparently Russia is still safe from NATO though, since their vehicles wont work in Russia.
The characteristics did not meet their claimed levels- both in climatic adaptation AND mine protection :O
Positives were smooth ride, fast acceleration, accurate main gun fire....
on the negative the vehicles flat our refused to start in the negative degree weather!
The vehicles had to be towed into cover, warmed up, then exited the garage for trials.
When the vehicles stopped, hydraulic fluids froze over.
An amusing situation happened when the Centauro fired- the snow storm that formed when the gun fired, immedietly blocked all of the optics and vision ports. Wipers were not able to clean the glass themselves.
The vehicles were not fired upon, since the Italians own them obviously. However, during testing, one of the vehicles had a rough encounter with an obstacle that hit the underside of the hull. The motor-transmission area immediately started leaking, after one hit.
By the way, as a result of the "reforms", the testing center had a hard time finding qualified miitary personnel (they were supposed to test the vehicles, not industry people) to even start the tests. Thanks Serdykov!
Please god let the Lynx order be cancelled.
These vehicles are fine for the Italian army- they are simply not adequate for Russian conditions.