The Piranha 3+ unveiled at Eurosatory is heavier, carries more payload and has improved levels of protection. (General Dynamics European Land Systems)
PARIS — General Dynamics European Land Systems’ (GDELS) latest upgrade of the Piranha 3 armored personnel carrier is market ready and being bid to a number of potential customers, according to a leading company executive.
Briefing reporters at the Eurosatory exhibition Tuesday, Dolf Greuter, the vice president for engineering and technology at GDELS, outlined some of the technical details that make up the new Piranha 3+ given its public debut this week.
Aside from being slightly bigger than the standard Piranha 3, the new machine offers bigger payload, a modular protection system and enhanced power pack, driveline and suspension systems, Greuter said.
The details include a 3-ton increase in gross vehicle weight to 25 tons, and a payload increase of nearly 2 tons to 11 tons. Further growth up to 27 tons is possible.
The vehicle is also available with either hydro-pneumatic or conventional suspension.
Greuter said the vehicle has levels of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices similar to that provided by the much heavier Piranha 5 vehicle.
Upgrades to existing Piranha 3 fleets are available.
Aside from the Piranha 3 improvements, GDELS used Eurosatory to show a number of other recent product innovations.
These included a diesel engine-powered quad bike along with a quad bike bridge and a 4.5-ton air transportable tactical vehicle capable of speeds of 170 kilometers per hour on roads or 90 kilometers per hour off road.