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Description: The Swiss MOWAG company designed and developed the Piranha amphibious multipurpose armored vehicle as a private venture. The Piranha vehicles feature high survivability, high mobility due to the use of wheels, low life cycle costs, high reliability, high availability, and easy maintenance. The Piranha III vehicle family introduced in the late 1990s offers a greater payload than preceding Piranha vehicles as well as improved protection through the use of add-on armor, high mobility and increased internal volume. The Piranha III are powered by a single MTU 6V 813 T22 diesel engine providing 400 hp, however other engines are available. They are able to accommodate a turret with a 105mm gun. The Piranha vehicles have been deployed in conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Several thousands of them are in service today with armed forces all over the world.
The General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) Piranha 3+ is an improved version of the Piranha III 8x8 with a gross vehicle weight of 27 tons and enhanced level of protection, off-road mobility and growth potential. The Piranha 3+ armored personnel carrier (APC) has a crew of three-man (driver, gunner and commander) and can transport up to 9 fully-equipped infantrymen. Besides the vehicle features a roof-mounted Kongsberg 12.7mm Protector remote weapon station, a modular protection system, larger internal volume and a 10 percent payload increase. A new engine provides up to 30% more power (520-hp), a top speed of 110 kilometers per hour and a maximum range of 1,000 kilometers. Optionally the Piranha 3+ can be equipped with an amphibious drive to operate as a marine infantry vehicle. The Piranha 3+ was unveiled in June 2014 at the Eurosatory exhibition, Paris, France.
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