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Piranha III 8x8  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: 1,389
Unitary Cost: USD$1.2 million
Also Known As: Piranha IIIC 8x8
Origin: Switzerland
Corporations: MOWAG GmbH
Parent System: Piranha III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: 3,989
Total Cost: USD$4.7 billion
Family Members: Piranha 3 CBRN, Piranha 3+, Piranha III 10x10 and Piranha III 6x6
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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.

On October 5, 2004, Denmark placed a third order for Piranha IIIC 8x8 Armored Vehicles comprising 69 units valued at 140 million Swiss Francs ($112 million) including 22 additional vehicles ordered in 2003. In 1997, the Danish Army placed the first order for 22 Piranha IIIs with the second order for 22 additional vehicles placed in 2003. The third order strengthens Piranha III as the standard prime armored vehicle of Danish Armed Forces. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2005.

On 27 January 2006, the Irish Department of Defence signed a 30 million Euro contract with MOWAG GmbH for 15 Piranha III 8x8 armored vehicles. Nine of the combat vehicles were set to be equipped with Kongsberg 12.7mm stabilized and remotely controlled weapon station and the remaining six vehicles with an OTO-Melara 30mm gun. Piranha III deliveries were expected to start in February 2007.

The Belgian government selected the Piranha IIIC 8x8 armored vehicle as a key element of its Army transformation into a lighter, more deployable, lethal, survivable and sustainable fighting force. This decision translated into a contract valued at 500 million Euro ($600 million) for a maximum of 242 vehicles and related logistics support. Under the terms of the Armored Infantry Vehicle (AIV) program the Belgian Army may receive 242 vehicles customized in seven variants: Infantry Carrier, Armored Personnel Carrier with Medium Caliber Gun, Direct Fire, Command Post, Engineering, Ambulance and Recovery. From 2007 to 2012 General Dynamics European Land Systems would deliver 138 vehicles with the additional vehicles delivered between 2012 and 2015.

Piranha III 8x8 Applications

Armored Vehicles Piranha IV 8x8

Piranha III 8x8 Specifications

Crew: 2
Troops: 12
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Height: 2.17 meter (85 inch)
Length: 6.93 meter (273 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 105 millimeter
Width: 2.66 meter (105 inch)
Max Range: 800 kilometer (497 mile)
Min Range: 500 kilometer
Power: 400 shp (298 kW)
Top Speed: 27.8 mps (100 kph)
Combat Weight: 18,500 kilogram (40,785 pound)
Empty Weight: 12,500 kilogram (27,557 pound)
Payload: 6,000 kilogram (13,228 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Piranha III 8x8 News

There are 7 news between
7 Oct 2004 and 27 Jan 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017Romanian Army Orders Additional Piranha III Armored Vehicles
Tuesday, March 1, 2011IMESS Swiss Soldier Modernization Program Production Launched by Armasuisse
Friday, December 19, 2008Swiss Army Orders 232 Duro IIIP 6x6 and 12 Piranha IIIC 8x8 Armored Vehicles
Thursday, November 20, 2008Brazilian Marines Purchase an Additional 18 PIRANHA IIIC 8x8 Vehicles
Tuesday, March 20, 2007Denmark Purchases Lemur Remote Weapon Stations
Wednesday, February 1, 2006Piranha IIIC 8x8 to Support Belgian Army Transformation
Thursday, October 7, 2004Denmark Places a Third Order for Piranha IIIC 8x8 Vehicles

Operators & Related Equipment

Options could bring the total number of Piranha IIIC ordered by Belgium to 242 by 2015
201413295 Piranha III (95), Piranha III DF90 (18) and Piranha III DF30 (19)
2013127Piranha III (95), Piranha III DF90 (18) and Piranha III DF30 (19)
200956Piranha III (52) and Piranha III DF 90 (4)
201224Piranha IIIC
201117Piranha IIIC
201017Piranha IIIC

Grand Total 1,58213
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