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14 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: GDELS Presents Next-Generation PIRANHA 3+

In Paris (Hall 5 / Booth #G847), General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) displays the new PIRANHA 3+ quipped with the new Oerlikon FIELDRANGER 20 remote-control gun from Rheinmetall Air Defence, recently selected by the Swiss Army for its Mortar Carrier programme (with RUAG's COBRA 120mm Mortar system).

At Eurosatory 2016, GDELS  displays the new PIRANHA 3+ (with the new Oerlikon FIELDRANGER 20 remote-control gun from Rheinmetall Air Defence), recently selected by the Swiss Army for its Mortar Carrier programme (with RUAG's COBRA 120mm Mortar system)

With a GVW of 27t and a payload of up to 10t , the new PIRANHA 3+ will be presented in an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) configuration with dedicated seating for a crew of three (driver, gunner and vehicle commander) plus nine infantry soldiers.

It is equipped with the new Oerlikon FIELDRANGER 20 remote-control gun from Rheinmetall Air Defence. This modern, medium-calibre remote-controlled weapon station provides accurate and high fire power at a range of up to 2,000m with a wide range of ammunition types. The Swiss Army has selected the PIRANHA 3+ platform for their Mortar Carrier programme with RUAG's COBRA 120mm Mortar system. The new PIRANHA 3+ was developed in response to customer requirements for compact vehicles with large and flexible internal volume, high levels of modular protection, excellent off-road mobility and inherent growth capability. The new PIRANHA 3+ incorporates lessons learned from over 11,500 fielded PIRANHA and LAV vehicles around the globe.

The new PIRANHA 3+ offers a completely modular protection system that has been designed with the flexibility to allow armed forces to meet their current and future protection needs. The modular protection system has been developed to fully protect occupants operating within a complex threat environment. Recognising that mobility is an important element of the protection system, GDELS developed a state-of-the-art driveline and suspension system for the new PIRANHA 3+, combined with a powerful SCANIA diesel engine and ZF automatic transmission. As with all PIRANHA platforms, the new PIRANHA 3+ can be equipped with an amphibious drive to operate as a marine infantry vehicle.

The new PIRANHA 3+ is based on the well-proven PIRANHA concept, which has made it a successful armored vehicle for over 40 years. Soldiers of over 20 nations around the globe rely on the protection, mobility and reliability of PIRANHAs every day. From the very first PIRANHA to today's modern PIRANHA 3+ and PIRANHA 5, GDELS has constantly adapted the vehicles with state-of-the-art technology while retaining the original PIRANHA concept.

For more on this, please read posts here and here.

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