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Caption: Nexter plans to add numerous versions of its VBCI to the current AIFV and command post versions: from left to right these scaled models of the recovery, AIFV with Eastern Europe ordnance, and the mortar carrier versions.
this will be based on a standard Freccia AIFV, but instead of the eight dismounts it will host in the back a command element of three men.
Since August 2010 an infantry company equipped with 17 Freccia AIFVs is operating in Afghanistan, and following some teething problems the availability has reached what the Italian Army defines as [much less than]an optimum level[much greater than].
The latter can be fitted with the turret adopted on the BMP-3 tracked AIFV. The layout of this family of vehicles, the rear-mounted engine of which makes the access to the transport compartment difficult, is an obstacle to the sale of new vehicles, which is not helped by a second-hand market that is still quite alive due to the much lower costs involved in the surplus business.
Singapore Technologies Kinetics 8 x 8 AIFV: A company-funded project, this eight- wheel AIFV is intended to provide room for a crew of 14 in its personnel carrier configuration and fits into a C-130.
In terms of size, the 'IV stands between the Asian AIFV and the VBCI, but oddly enough Mowag provides more conservative figures than STK regarding performance -- a matter of experience perhaps.
Although the Turkish authorities have confirmed their intention to proceed with the AIFV programme there was a good deal of scepticism among exhibitors lest the programme be watered down.
Recently re-shaped, CMI has an assured role in the Turkish AIFV programme via the BMF business which it acquired last year.
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