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Piranha in Paris

General Dynamics European Land Systems will display the new Piranha 3+ vehicle during EUROSATORY in Paris from 16-20 June 2014. With a GVW up to 27 tons, 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 9 infantry soldiers and is fitted with a Kongsberg 12.7-mm Protector Weapon Station.

General Dynamics European Land Systems Presents the new Piranha 3+ – the next Generation of Piranha 3 Wheeled Armored Vehicle
General Dynamics European Land Systems Presents the new Piranha 3+ – the next Generation of Piranha 3 Wheeled Armored Vehicle

The new Piranha 3+ was developed in response to customer requirements for increased levels of protection, off road mobility and inherent growth for the future. The new Piranha 3+ vehicle also incorporates lessons from over 4,500 Piranha 3 and Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) operated by 13 customers worldwide including in military operations and peace keeping missions.

 

Piranha 3+ – Protection

The new Piranha 3+ offers a completely modular protection system that has been designed with the flexibility to allow modern 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, as specified in the latest protection system requirements, while being able to be tailored to meet specific theatre and mission needs.

 

Piranha 3+ – Mobility

General Dynamics European Land Systems recognizes that mobility is protection and accordingly, the new Piranha 3+ offers an enhanced drive system with 30% more engine power and an improved driveline that delivers the best cross country mobility for a vehicle in this weight class. The new Piranha 3+ can be fitted with either a conventional or a hydro-pneumatic suspension system to balance performance, comfort, maintainability and cost as needed. The top speed has been increased to 68 mph/110 km/h with a range of over 621 miles/1,000 km to give the vehicle an even greater autonomy. As with all Piranha platforms, the new Piranha 3+ can be equipped with an amphibious drive to operate as a marine infantry vehicle.

 

Piranha 3+ – Inherent Growth

In addition to the large internal volume, ten percent payload growth, and fully modular protection system, the new Piranha 3+ provides reserve electrical power to meet the electrical needs of future systems and personal equipment needs and spare cooling capacity with its modular Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)/ Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) System. By allowing for inherent growth within the new Piranha 3+, customers will have the flexibility to operate the vehicle through-out the full service life in a constantly changing world.

 

Piranha 3+ – Proven Technology ready for operation

The new Piranha 3+ has a proven heritage of over 4,500 Piranha 3 and LAV vehicles used by 13 customers in global military operations and peace keeping missions. The development of the new Piranha 3+ focused on enhancing the performance and capabilities of these existing vehicles through the integration of proven concepts and technologies. The driveline which is unmatched in this class of military vehicles has already been introduced into service in the LAV in North America. While the power pack, providing 30% more power, uses the proven Caterpillar C13 engine and the ZF 7HP902S transmission. Future customers will also be able to leverage off 37 variants of the Piranha 3 vehicle that are already in service including Armored Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), command and control, ambulance, direct fire support, recovery and engineering vehicle.

General Dynamics European Land Systems company also remains committed to support existing customers which is why the majority of the concepts and technologies integrated within the new Piranha 3+ are available as upgrades to existing Piranha vehicles.

With modular protection system, available in amphibious or nonamphibious version, ergonomically designed and easy to operate, provides outstanding overall protection and crew comfort
With modular protection system, available in amphibious or nonamphibious version, ergonomically designed and easy to operate, provides outstanding overall protection and crew comfort

 

Product Features

WEIGHTS
Ready for operation empty 17 t
Payload up to 10 t
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) up to 27 t
DIMENSIONS
Overall length (non amphibious) 7.77 m/25.5 feet
Height over hull 2.31 m/7.6 feet
Overall width 2.8 m/9.2 feet
Ground clearance 0.43 m/1.4 feet
Angle of approach 40°
Angle of departure 36°
Number of seats up to 13
Air transportability C-130, C-17, A400M
PERFORMANCES WITH GVW
Maximum speed on roads 68 mph/110 km/h
Speed in water up to 6 mph/10 km/h
Creep speed below 1.9 mph/3 km/h
Gradient 60%
Maximum side slope 30%
Maximum climbing ability 0.60 m/1.9 feet
Fording depth 1.50 m/4.9 feet
Trench crossing ability 2.00 m/6.5 feet
Turning circle diameter (curb-to-curb) 18.00 m/59 feet
Range on roads 750 km/466 miles
Voltage (DC) 24 V
Power-to-weight-ratio 15.3 kW/t
ENGINE
Type Caterpillar C13
Fuel Diesel (F-54) or jet fuel (F34/JP8)
Performance 383 kW/513 hp
Torque 2,200 Nm
TRANSMISSION
Type ZF
Transmission automatic
Speeds 7 + 2 reverse
DRIVELINE AND SUSPENSION
Transfer case single speed gear
Drive mode 4×8
8×8
Wheels and tires 365/85R20, 395/85R20 or 14.00 R20 with Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS), run-flat inserts
Suspension Independent for each wheel, front coil springs and control arms rear torsion bars; conventional standard, hydro-pneumatic optional
Shock absorbers hydraulic on all wheels
Brakes dual circuit air actuated brake system, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
PROTECTION
Modular, scalable ballistic/Mine/Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) protection solutions in accordance with international/customer specific standards
Signature reduction
AMPHIBIOUS KIT (OPTION)
Seawater cooling system
Closable louvers of engine grills
Water propulsion 2 propellers
Steering control 2 twin rudders
Trim van and snorkel system
Bilge pumps
ARMAMENT (EXAMPLE)
Integration of various weapon systems from remotely controlled weapon stations up to 120-mm heavy turrets and mortars
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Operation temperature -46° C to +49° C
Electro-Magnetic Interference/Compatibility Standard (EMI/EMC) according to MIL-STD-461E
EQUIPMENT
Combined Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC)/Air conditioning system
Fire extinguishing system for engine and crew compartment
Further equipment options available including: J1939 Automotive CANBUS with MILCAN interface; Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS); Self-recovery winch; Auxilliary Power Unit

 

Danish PIRANHA

General Dynamics European Land Systems has signed a contract with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization (DALO) for the delivery of 309 PIRANHA 5 Armored Personal Carriers (APC) in six variants (Infantry, Command, Ambulance, Engineer, Mortar and Repair), as well as a multi-year sustainment contract for the through life support of the vehicles in the future.

The wheeled PIRANHA 5 is technologically one of the most advanced armored wheeled vehicles, built on international battlefield experience
The wheeled PIRANHA 5 is technologically one of the most advanced armored wheeled vehicles, built on international battlefield experience

The contract was signed on December 15, 2015, and has a value of approximately $600 Million. Deliveries will commence in 2018 and continue through 2023. The PIRANHA 5 will gradually replace the M113 and will become the backbone of the Danish Army´s armored vehicle fleet. The contract is the culmination of an extensive evaluation and acquisition project and concludes one of the largest armored vehicle competitions in Europe.

«It is important that we invest in the Danish Defence. PIRANHA 5 is better protected than the ageing, armoured personnel carriers available to the army today, so with this purchase we are enhancing the army’s ability to carry out its future tasks», said Peter Christensen, Minister of Defence of Denmark.

«General Dynamics European Land Systems is very proud to have received this contract. It underlines the confidence and satisfaction of our Danish customer with our PIRANHA 5 platform, especially with the very high protection against ballistic threats, mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and the excellent mobility both on- and off-road», said Alfonso Ramonet, President of General Dynamics European Land Systems. «The PIRANHA 5 won in a highly competitive tender».

The contract was signed through General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag, the Switzerland-based subsidiary of General Dynamics European Land Systems.

In Royal Danish Army service the PIRANHA 5 will replace the M113 series of tracked APCs
In Royal Danish Army service the PIRANHA 5 will replace the M113 series of tracked APCs

 

PIRANHA 5

Highly mobile, armored multi-role wheeled vehicle with a high payload and a large internal volume. The PIRANHA 5 provides protection against current threats. Its integrated modular and adaptable survivability system can also be tailored to protect against future threats.

The economic Fuel Efficient Drivetrain System (FEDS) and the high performance diesel engine provide the expected power and cruising range. There is still growth potential in the area of hybrid power boost technology.

The semi-active hydro-pneumatic suspension system with height management allows the highest mobility and provides excellent ride comfort for the crew. The open vehicle architecture with health/usage monitoring system allows for rapid system integration, data exchange between onboard systems and future growth.

The wheeled PIRANHA 5 is technologically one of the most advanced armoured wheeled vehicles, built on international battlefield experience. The inherent growth potential and power reserves will provide the Danish Armed Forces the ability to upgrade the vehicle over the lifetime in accordance with new evolving requirements in the future. It builds on the heritage of the PIRANHA vehicle family already in service with the Danish Armed Forces, which has been proven in international operations.

For the Danish requirement the PIRANHA 5 had competed in trials against one other 8x8, the Nexter Systems Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie, and three tracked offerings: the FFG Flensburger Protected Mission Module Carrier G5, BAE Systems Armadillo and General Dynamics European Land Systems – Santa Barbara Sistemas ASCOD 2
For the Danish requirement the PIRANHA 5 had competed in trials against one other 8×8, the Nexter Systems Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie, and three tracked offerings: the FFG Flensburger Protected Mission Module Carrier G5, BAE Systems Armadillo and General Dynamics European Land Systems – Santa Barbara Sistemas ASCOD 2

 

Product Features

WEIGHTS (approximately)
Empty weight 17.0 t/37,478.6 lbs
Payload 13.0 t/28,660.1 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) 30.0 t/66,138.7 lbs
DIMENSIONS (approximately)
Overall length 8.00 m/26.2467 feet
Height over hull 2.34 m/7.67717 feet
Overall width 2.99 m/9.80971 feet
Angle of approach 45°
Angle of departure 35°
Number of seats up to 13
PERFORMANCES WITH GVW
Maximum speed on roads 62 mph/100 km/h
Creep speed 1.8 mph/3 km/h
Gradient 60 %
Maximum side slope 40 %
Maximum step climbing 0.75 m/2.46063 feet
Fording depth 1.50 m/4.92126 feet
Trench crossing capability 2.00 m/6.56168 feet
Turning circle (curb-to-curb) 15.0 m/49.2126 feet
Range on roads (mix of road/off-road driving) 550 km/342 miles
Operating voltage 28 V DC
Power-to-weight ratio 14.3 kW/t (19.3 hp/t)
ENGINE
Type MTU
Fuel Diesel
Performance 430 kW/580 hp
Torque 2000 Nm
TRANSMISSION
Type ZF-Ecomat
Mode of operation Automatic
Number of gears 7+1 r.
DRIVELINE AND SUSPENSION
Axles All wheel drive
Fuel Efficient Drive train System (FEDS)
Wheels and tires 14.00/R 20 or 16.00/R 20 with Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS), run-flat inserts
Suspension system Height-adjustable, semi-active, hydropneumatic suspension system, independent on all wheel stations
Shock absorbers Hydraulic, integrated in the hydro elements
Brakes system Pneumatic double-circuit brake with 6-channel ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
AMPHIBIOUS KIT (OPTION)
Seawater cooling system
Closable louvres of engine grills
Water propulsion 2 propellers
Steering control 2 twin rudders
Trim van and snorkel system
PROTECTION
Modular integrated protection layout
Baseline vehicle is designed for the highest level of protection against mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threats
Latest shielding technology against Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) threats
Add on armour for different protection levels with coverage >95%
Provision for the Active Protection System (APS)
ARMAMENT (EXAMPLE)
Remotely controlled light weapon stations up to heavy turret/gun systems
EQUIPMENT
Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) overpressure system
Fire-suppression system for the crew compartment
A/C system
Arctic kit
Integrated starter generator for 100 kW external power
Modular electronics architecture (VECTRONICS, MILCAN, HUMS),

upgradeable according to customer requirements

BUILT-IN GROWTH POTENTIAL
Gross Vehicle Weight rating 33.0 t/72,752.5 lbs
Hybrid boost power +100 kW
Latest protection kit
Electronic architecture
Lethality
According to the MoD, the selection of the PIRANHA 5 was made «after thorough examination and evaluation of suppliers' offers and testing of the vehicles»
According to the MoD, the selection of the PIRANHA 5 was made «after thorough examination and evaluation of suppliers’ offers and testing of the vehicles»

Danish piranha

General Dynamics European Land Systems S.L. (GDELS), through its Switzerland-based subsidiary GDELS-Mowag, has been notified by the Ministry of Defense of Denmark that the PIRANHA 5 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) has been selected as the new Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) for the Danish Armed Forces. The contract from the Danish Ministry of Defense will include the acquisition of a minimum of 206 new armoured personnel carriers, with the exact number to be determined at a later date.

Denmark will purchase a minimum of 206 PIRANHA 5s, with the number potentially rising to 450
Denmark will purchase a minimum of 206 PIRANHA 5s, with the number potentially rising to 450

«General Dynamics European Land Systems is very proud to have been selected to supply its PIRANHA 5 to the Danish Armed Forces as it underlines the confidence and satisfaction of our Danish customer», said Alfonso Ramonet, president of General Dynamics European Land Systems. «General Dynamics European Land Systems looks forward to a close and cooperative relationship with the Danish Ministry of Defense in their selection of a new generation of armored vehicles».

«We are confident that this program and the PIRANHA 5 in particular will guarantee the best protection for the Danish troops and provide the best value for the Danish industrial base. We will work with the Danish Ministry of Defense, our local industry partner Falck Schmidt Defense Systems and other Danish industry to provide the best solution and to meet our customer’s requirements on turn-around time, on-time delivery, cost-effective support and best value», said Alfonso Ramonet.

General Dynamics European Land Systems, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a business unit of General Dynamics, and conducts its business through five European operating sites located in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic.

In Royal Danish Army service the PIRANHA 5 will replace the M113 series of tracked APCs
In Royal Danish Army service the PIRANHA 5 will replace the M113 series of tracked APCs

 

PIRANHA 5

Highly mobile, armored multi-role wheeled vehicle with a high payload and a large internal volume. The PIRANHA 5 provides protection against current threats. Its integrated modular and adaptable survivability system can also be tailored to protect against future threats.

The economic Fuel Efficient Drivetrain System (FEDS) and the high performance diesel engine provide the expected power and cruising range. There is still growth potential in the area of hybrid power boost technology.

The semi-active hydro-pneumatic suspension system with height management allows the highest mobility and provides excellent ride comfort for the crew. The open vehicle architecture with health/usage monitoring system allows for rapid system integration, data exchange between onboard systems and future growth.

The wheeled PIRANHA 5 is technologically one of the most advanced armoured wheeled vehicles, built on international battlefield experience. The inherent growth potential and power reserves will provide the Danish Armed Forces the ability to upgrade the vehicle over the lifetime in accordance with new evolving requirements in the future. It builds on the heritage of the PIRANHA vehicle family already in service with the Danish Armed Forces, which has been proven in international operations.

For the Danish requirement the PIRANHA 5 had competed in trials against one other 8x8, the Nexter Systems Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie, and three tracked offerings: the FFG Flensburger Protected Mission Module Carrier G5, BAE Systems Armadillo and General Dynamics European Land Systems – Santa Barbara Sistemas ASCOD 2
For the Danish requirement the PIRANHA 5 had competed in trials against one other 8×8, the Nexter Systems Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie, and three tracked offerings: the FFG Flensburger Protected Mission Module Carrier G5, BAE Systems Armadillo and General Dynamics European Land Systems – Santa Barbara Sistemas ASCOD 2

Product Features

WEIGHTS (approximately)
Empty weight 17.0 t/37,478.6 lbs
Payload 13.0 t/28,660.1 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) 30.0 t/66,138.7 lbs
DIMENSIONS (approximately)
Overall length 8.00 m/26.2467 feet
Height over hull 2.34 m/7.67717 feet
Overall width 2.99 m/9.80971 feet
Angle of approach 45°
Angle of departure 35°
Number of seats up to 13
PERFORMANCES WITH GVW
Maximum speed on roads 62 mph/100 km/h
Creep speed 1.8 mph/3 km/h
Gradient 60 %
Maximum side slope 40 %
Maximum step climbing 0.75 m/2.46063 feet
Fording depth 1.50 m/4.92126 feet
Trench crossing capability 2.00 m/6.56168 feet
Turning circle (curb-to-curb) 15.0 m/49.2126 feet
Range on roads (mix of road/off-road driving) 550 km/342 miles
Operating voltage 28 V DC
Power-to-weight ratio 14.3 kW/t (19.3 hp/t)
ENGINE
Type MTU
Fuel Diesel
Performance 430 kW/580 hp
Torque 2000 Nm
TRANSMISSION
Type ZF-Ecomat
Mode of operation Automatic
Number of gears 7+1 r.
DRIVELINE AND SUSPENSION
Axles All wheel drive
Fuel Efficient Drive train System (FEDS)
Wheels and tires 14.00/R 20 or 16.00/R 20 with Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS), run-flat inserts
Suspension system Height-adjustable, semi-active, hydropneumatic suspension system, independent on all wheel stations
Shock absorbers Hydraulic, integrated in the hydro elements
Brakes system Pneumatic double-circuit brake with 6-channel ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
AMPHIBIOUS KIT (OPTION)
Seawater cooling system
Closable louvres of engine grills
Water propulsion 2 propellers
Steering control 2 twin rudders
Trim van and snorkel system
PROTECTION
Modular integrated protection layout
Baseline vehicle is designed for the highest level of protection against mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threats
Latest shielding technology against Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) threats
Add on armour for different protection levels with coverage >95%
Provision for the Active Protection System (APS)
ARMAMENT (EXAMPLE)
Remotely controlled light weapon stations up to heavy turret/gun systems
EQUIPMENT
Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) overpressure system
Fire-suppression system for the crew compartment
A/C system
Arctic kit
Integrated starter generator for 100 kW external power
Modular electronics architecture (VECTRONICS, MILCAN, HUMS),upgradeable according to customer requirements
BUILT-IN GROWTH POTENTIAL
Gross Vehicle Weight rating 33.0 t/72,752.5 lbs
Hybrid boost power +100 kW
Latest protection kit
Electronic architecture
Lethality
According to the MoD, the selection of the PIRANHA 5 was made «after thorough examination and evaluation of suppliers' offers and testing of the vehicles»
According to the MoD, the selection of the PIRANHA 5 was made «after thorough examination and evaluation of suppliers’ offers and testing of the vehicles»