Romanian Army Goes Fishing for Piranhas

Feb. 11, 2017
General Dynamics European Land Systems has been contracted by the Romanian Army for additional Piranha III armored land vehicles.
The third generation of eight-wheeled Piranha armored vehicles features a lightweight hull design. (Courtesy of General Dynamics)

General Dynamics European Land Systems has been awarded a contract to deliver a fifth batch of Piranha III vehicles to the Romanian Armed Forces. The addition of these eight-wheeled armored vehicles (see photo) is part of the Romanian Army’s plan to modernize its wheeled armored vehicle fleet. The Piranha vehicles have been a successful part of the Romanian Armed Forces since 2006. More than 11,000 are fielded globally.

The latest generation of Piranha armored vehicles features a lightweight hull design that doesn’t compromise ruggedness. The vehicles, which are available in 6 × 6, 8 × 8, and 10 ×10 wheeled configurations, were originally developed by Mowag Motorwagenfabriken of Switzerland, which is now part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems (ELCS).

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Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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