The Danish Army Materiel Command and MOWAG AG, a General Dynamics subsidiary, of
Switzerland signed a contract October 5 for the purchase of 91 Piranha IIIC 8x8
armored vehicles with an estimated total value of close to 140 million Swiss
Francs ($112 million). This purchase represents the third order of Piranha III
8x8 vehicles by Denmark since 1997.
Danish Army stated the Piranha III armored vehicle as the standard equipment for
new procurement activities for its land forces in the 20-t category, this order
strengthens that point. The first order of Piranha III was placed in 1997 and
the second one in 2003. Whether the first or second comprised 22 vehicles. Until
now, Denmark has ordered 135 Piranha III 8x8 vehicles.
The first batch deliveries were completed in 2000 with the second order Piranhas
at present being manufactured in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. The third order
comprises 69 Piranhas configured as Armored Personnel Carries (APCs), ambulance,
command post, and reconnaissance vehicles. The vehicles ordered in 2003 will be
provided as APC and ambulance vehicles. The second order vehicles costs are
included in the third procurement contract.
First deliveries of Piranhas configured as ambulance are expected in February
2005. The Danish Army will use highly transportable, survivable Piranha IIIs in
support of international peacekeeping missions around the globe.
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