The story for this truck, would start in the 1940’s, almost everything the Italian army did, concentrated on the production of vehicles for the army, which lead in the 1940’s for the first Alfa cars with advanced cabs to be finally presented to the high command, they would be distinguished by the initials 430 and 800. The Italian army wanted a reliable truck to support the regiments in a number of different tasks, such as troop transport and equipment transport. It was mainly also considered as a worthy replacement, for older trucks they still had in service, some which dated back to the first world war. After a few prototypes, the high command would be content with the performance of the truck and finally allowed Alfa Romeo in 1942, to commence production of the 430 version of the truck. The truck had access to a 5.8 L straight-4 diesel engine which could produce 80hp, and allowed the vehicle to reach speeds of 65km an hour. In terms of armour, it was a truck so virtually no he majority of things it faced would easily make short work of it. It was extensively used both by the Italian army and the German army (although Germans used it only after the armistice). It was so good that surprisingly the production of this vehicle actually never stopped after WW2, it continued to be made up until the late 1950’s, and was in service inside of the post war Italian army for many years. In terms of armaments, the Italians would install a 20mm IF Scotti machine gun, which would be mainly used for anti-air purposes, although with the right rounds could at times engage infantry and lightly armored vehicles. Alfredo Scotti designed the 20mm Scotti in 1932, due to the Italian army commissioning a lot of weapons to bolster its forces, in preparation for a war in Europe. This was the same weapon that would be later installed unto the M42 Contraero prototype, only difference being that the other vehicle had access to 4 20mm guns instead of the 1 on the Alfa 430. Ammunition it could utilize include the Granata mod.35 and the PzGr 40, both widely used by the Germans and Italians respectively. The truck would slowly be replaced for more modern and reliable vehicles, the only remaining ones are either inside museums, privately owned, or simply have been destroyed or scrapped.
20mm Cannone-Mitragliera da 20/77 (Scotti)
Ammunition includes the Granata mod.35 and the PzGr 40
Why it should be in game
I feel like it should be in game as it would be a great low tier SPAA, as the Italian SPAA line is rather short, and since there’s other nations in game with gun trucks, why not give one to Italy. This would also a pretty easy addition, since the gun that it utilizes is already in game, and gaijin likely have all the info regarding it too. Modelling the actual truck shouldn’t be too hard either, although this is a rare vehicle to find, if gaijin wanted to, they could easily get in contact with someone who owns or go to a museum who has it showcased to get all the details to model it. In game it wouldn’t be op as like other gun trucks, they’re very easy to take out.
GLI AUTOVEICOLI DA COMBATTIMENTO DELL’ESERCITO ITALIANO VOL II TOMO II
SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM: La Scotti-Isotta Fraschini 20/70 mm era un cannone-mitragliera italiano.
Alfa Romeo 430RE (Military vehicles) - Trucksplanet
Alfa Romeo 430 | Classic Cars Wiki | Fandom
Scotti-Isotta-Fraschini 20/70 - Wikipedia
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