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Piranha II 8x8  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1977
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Piranha IIC
Origin: Switzerland
Corporations: MOWAG GmbH
Parent System: Piranha II
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1976
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Piranha II 6x6
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Description: In the early 1970s 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 first prototype rolled off the MOWAG factory in 1972 and the first production unit was ready in 1976. In February 1977 MOWAG received the first order from Canada for 350 Piranha II 6x6 vehicles in three different variants. That order was increased to a total of 491 vehicles.

The Piranha II available on 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8 chassis are the second generation of Piranha vehicles. These vehicles can fulfill numerous roles and mission requirements though its modular design. It can accommodate a wide range of one and two-man turrets to fulfill different mission profiles such as personnel carrier, NBC reconnaissance, transport, command, ambulance, recovery, and mortar vehicles. The gun calibers suitable for Piranha II vehicles are from 0.5 inches (12.7mm) to 90mm. The Piranha vehicles have been deployed in conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Several thousands of them are in service today in armed forces all over the world.

Piranha II 8x8 Applications

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Piranha II 8x8 Specifications

Crew: 2
Troops: 14
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Height: 1,920 millimeter (76 inch)
Length: 6.80 meter (268 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 90 millimeter
Width: 2.60 meter (102 inch)
Max Range: 780 kilometer (485 mile)
Min Range: 500 kilometer
Power: 280 shp (209 kW)
Top Speed: 27.8 mps (100 kph)
Combat Weight: 14,000 kilogram (30,864 pound)
Empty Weight: 10,000 kilogram (22,046 pound)
Payload: 4,000 kilogram (8,818 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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