The Belgian government has selected the PIRANHA IIIC 8x8 light armored vehicle,
produced by MOWAG GmbH, a part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems,
for its Armored Infantry Vehicle (AIV) program. AIV will serve as the
cornerstone of the transformation of the Belgian Army into a lighter, more
deployable, lethal, survivable and sustainable force.
The program, which includes a maximum of 242 vehicles and related logistics
support, has an approximate value of $604 million (€500 million) if all options
are exercised. General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems is a business unit
of General Dynamics.
The PIRANHA vehicles will be equipped in seven variants: Infantry Carrier,
Armored Personnel Carrier with Medium Caliber Gun, Direct Fire, Command Post,
Engineering, Ambulance and Recovery. Delivery of the first 138 vehicles will
occur from 2007 to 2012; additional vehicles could be delivered from 2012 to
2015 if all options are exercised.
Key requirements for the AIV program included on- and off-road mobility, crew
comfort and safety, vehicle versatility, a high level of protection for the
vehicle crews against mines and ballistic weapons, and integration of various
weapon stations, electronic warning and communication systems.
The PIRANHA offers high commonality and compatibility within the AIV fleet and
with other vehicles of the Belgian Army and NATO countries. More than 3000
PIRANHA III-based vehicles are in service with or in production for NATO and
European countries Denmark, Spain, USA, Canada, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.
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