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 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Performance||430 kW/580 hp|
|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|
|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)|
|Remotely controlled light weapon stations up to heavy turret/gun systems|
|Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) overpressure system|
|Fire-suppression system for the crew compartment|
|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|