The story of the VCC-1 Camillino began in 1974, shortly after the Italian army had stopped evaluating many different types of vehicles such as the M113A1PI (product improved), Marder and other vehicles created by mowag, it was decided to create an entirely new vehicle based on the FMC M113 family of vehicles. At the time Italy was using the M113 in many different roles, but began to see the need to improve its design to not only allow for it to remain in service, but also to improve on the many defects that they would encounter when using the M113. Italy would have the ‘Servizio Tecnico della Motorizzazione’ and OTO Melara to be in charge of this development. Part of what the Italians weren’t keen on in regards to the M113, involved its armor. The M113 was far too weak for it to be seriously be put in the frontlines, so when making the VCC-1 they made sure that it would be much better protected, although the new armor it would get wasn’t exactly going to allow the VCC-1 to survive much, it was still an improvement from the M113 which ultimately they were happy about. Another change they made was the addition of the infantry inside the vehicle to aim and fire their weapons from inside the hull, other minor improvements included new seating arrangements. During the development of the machine 3 variants emerged, the MK1 which utilized a 12.7mm controlled by a soldier physically, a MK2 which also used a 12.7mm but was telecommanded and lastly the MK3 which used a 20mm. The Italian army was mainly interested in the MK1 and MK3 versions. The MK3 variant specifically went unto mount the weapon system known as the 20mm Rheinmetall Rh 202, this weapon system was widely used by many nations and would be able to fire various amounts of munitions, such as APDS, HEI-T and API-T. It also had a dual role as it was able to be used both against ground and air targets. For additional firepower, a 7.62mm machine gun could be mounted at the back to provide covering fire to the rear of the vehicle. In terms of speed the VCC-1 wasn’t the fastest in its class, the engine it used would generate up to 210hp and allowed the vehicle to reach speeds of up to 64km an hour. The VCC-1 had an overall range of 320km, and was able to be operated on pretty much any terrain. Similarly to the M113 however, sources claim that the vehicle still had ability to be amphibous, being propelled by its tracks on water, its likely that it would not be very fast however. As testing of the VCC-1 began, the 20mm gun would be initially controlled by a gunner outside the vehicle, however later down the line of development it was actually modified and made it so the gun could be controlled while the gunner was within the vehicle, this helped greatly as it allowed the gunner to stay hidden while firing the weapon and not leaving them exposed to enemy fire. Sadly, as most Italian cold war projects end up, the 20mm gun variant had to be removed and expected deliveries of it were replaced with the base variant which would be more cost effective. This change was mainly due to 20mm Rh 202 being too expensive when compared to the 12.7mm 50 cal. Final deliveries of the VCC-1 Camillino were made in 1982.
x1 20mm Rheinmetall Rh 202 (Ammunition includes (APDS, HEI-T and API-T)
x1 12.7mm Machine gun
Why it should be in game
I believe this variant of the VCC-1 Camilino should be added to the game due to how fun it would be to play. It could bolster the Italian tech tree and add a low tier IFV to introduce people slowly to top tier. The VCC-1’s base vehicle allows other future additions to the game thanks to the other variants that Italy made, such as the one with TUA, which means that Gaijin could re-use the base model in the future. The gun on it has enough different types of ammunition to be effective at the right br, and could possibly be used in the anti air role. The vehicle wouldn’t be OP since it does not have access to any meaningful armour so a well placed shot at the front would knock out the crew.
Jane’s A&A 1979-80
Chars,vehicules chenilles et semi-chenilles VCC-1
Autoveicoli da combattimento dell’Esercito Italiano Dal 1956 al 1975 volume 4
VCC 1 - L'evoluzione
VCC-1 Camillino - Wikipedia
http://asmrb.pbworks.com/w/page/119312067/MP Heavy Weapons#Rh202cannon
VCC1 Camillino/VCC 2 - Armoured Personnel Carriers - Armoured Vehicles - European Defence Land Equipment - Armed Forces Europe - edland4a14
GLI AUTOVEICOLI DA COMBATTIMENTO DELL'ESERCITO ITALIANO VOL IV by Biblioteca Militare - Issuu
VCC-1 Camillino Oto Melara Description identification pictures picture photo image Italian Armoured armored personnel carrier Vehicle véhicule blindé italien de transport de troupe
bonus 12.7mm pics for reference