The history of the Fiat 6616 began during the 1970’s, at the time the company would begin to start designing a family of vehicles for the scope of being multi-role, they would first come out with the Fiat 6614. Generally speaking, after the second world war Italy and many companies learned the need of having light armored vehicles which could be armed. So their was a gap to fill, especially because at the time most vehicles Italy would operate weren’t actually Italian, they’d be supplied by America or other nations such as Britain or France. Mainly due to those countries having a stockpile of unwanted vehicles they had no use for, so therefore a lot would serve inside the post-war Italian armed forces. The Fiat 6614 would primarily be used as an APC, as adding more armaments unto the vehicle didn’t prove to be very effective. Such examples were the Fiat 6614 with FIROS MLRS, and Fiat 6614 with a M40 Recoiless rifle. They wanted to allow the vehicle to mount actual turrets that were being used by IFV’s around the time, as stated previously fitting them unto a 6614 wasn’t going to work. So what Fiat did was heavily modify the 6614, which after several versions would eventually bring the Fiat 6616. The first prototype of the Fiat 6616 would be completed in the year of 1972, and would actually generate a lot of interest from Italy. The 6616 in terms of survivalbility was quite poor. It would only be able to withstand small caliber fire, and if lucky could protect against shell fragments. In terms of mobility however it was great, it would be able to reach speeds of 100km an hour, and gave it a range of 700km. It similarly to the 6614, would be amphibious, and would be propelled by its wheels, however it would only go at a speed of 5km an hour. Italy would buy a batch of 50 vehicles for the Carabinieri. The ones in full time service with Italy would go on to mount the OTO TC-20, an Italian made turret that used a a 20mm Rheinmetall RH202 202 autocannon, this cannon would be able to use a multitude of munitions including APDS, HEI and API. Optional equipment included the predisposition for a recoiless rifle, which was tested by the Italian army and actually put in service inside of the Peruvian one. ATGM launchers for things such as MAPAT, Milan and TOW could also be mounted however these wouldn’t be used in service. After the Italian army would receive all of the orders, Fiat, alongside OTO Melara who dealt with the armament of the 6616, were confident enough to attempt to market this vehicle for export which lead to nations such as Peru and Somalia to also place them into service. In Italian service its most popular deployment was in Lebanon, during the UN backed peacekeeping mission during the Lebanon civil war. Eventually it would be put out of service, most of them would be placed into storage, some turned into static displays and few remained in their original bases they served in.
20mm Rheinmetall Mk.20 Rh 202 auto cannon
12.7mm Machine gun
7.62mm Machine gun
MAPAT (tested by Italian army)
HJ-73C AT (used by Peruvian army)
106mm Recoiless rifle (tested by Italian army, used in service with Peruvian army)
Why it should be in game
I believe it should be in game as this would be very popular among players. It allows players to use the Fiat 6616 with a different weapon system at a lower BR depending on the armament. There is also room for Gaijin to add several premiums in the form of the Peruvian or Somalian variants. Overall it would not be OP, would be a relatively easy addition.
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