The Piranha IIIC multi-purpose armored vehicle is among the finest Swiss defense products developed by Mowag Motorwagenfabriken.

Piranha III has been ordered by Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, and many other countries. There are 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, and even 10× 0 platforms on the basis of which many variants have been created, from tank destroyer, armored personnel carrier and police cars to command vehicles, medical evacuators, reconnaissance and even a construction machine.

The MOWAG Piranha IIIC first appeared in the mid-2000s. It was a continuation of the previous Piranha models.  The main difference from the previous Piranha IIIH, that appeared in 1996, is engine and suspension. The new vehicle is better protected and has improved mobility, comparing with older Piranha II. First production contracts for the Piranha IIIC were placed in 2006. Deliveries commenced in 2007.

The MOWAG Piranha IIIC can carry up to 11 people at 100 km/h, is armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, can swim and has armor that can withstand even a rocket-propelled grenade shot or a mine explosion.

The hull of the MOWAG Piranha III series is of all-welded high-hardness steel armor construction that provides the occupants with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The third-generation Piranha family is based on a new lightweight hull design with increased variable ballistic protection and higher performance in terms of payload versus gross vehicle weight and increased useable internal volume.

To the right of the driver is the power pack. The complete power pack, consisting of the engine, transmission and cooling system, can now be changed much more quickly under field conditions and there are now no less than three different high-performance diesel power pack options. The basic vehicle is powered by Diesel Caterpillar C9 Engine coupled to a ZF 7HP602 automatic transmission with seven forward gears and one reverse gear. According to MOWAG, cross-country mobility of the Piranha III vehicle is now similar to that of a tracked vehicle.

The Piranha baseline vehicles have two propellers for water propulsion with maximum speed in water of 10km/hr and an amphibious kit is provided for rough seawater operations. An 8,000 kg pulling capacity type self-recovery winch can be front or rear mounted. Other optional equipment includes an air conditioning system, arctic heater kit, NBC system, fire and explosion detection and suppression system and various communications systems.

A baseline APC is usually armed with remotely-controlled 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. However there were numerous turret options. Some vehicles are fitted with 30 mm cannons. The vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver, and can carry up to 11 soldiers, depending on the version. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. There are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit.


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