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MOWAG Piranha IV

Armored personnel carrier


The MOWAG Piranha IV armored personnel carrier received no production orders to date

Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Personnel 6-7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (in combat order) 15 - 25 t
Length 7.3 m
Width 2.8 m
Height 2.25 m
Main gun 30-mm chain gun
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 190 rounds
Machine guns 400 rounds
Engine MTU diesel
Engine power 544 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 750 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.5 m


   The MOWAG Piranha IV armored personnel carrier was developed as a private venture. First prototype was completed in 2001. The most significant improvements over the Piranha II and III vehicles are it's higher level of protection, increased internal volume and greater carrying capacity. It seems that the Piranha IV was an interim design and served only as a basis for the Piranha V development, which was revealed in 2010. No production orders were placed on this vehicle to date. However production license for this armored vehicle was acquired by Komatsu of Japan and BAE Systems.

   The Piranha IV can be fitted with a variety of weapon stations, armed with 12.7-mm MG, 25- or 30-mm cannons, or 105-mm low recoil guns.

   The Piranha IV has a high hardness armor steel hull, with provision for add-on armor kits. Vehicle fitted with level B modular armor package provides all-round protection from 14.5-mm armor-piercing projectiles. Over the frontal arc protection is provided against 30-mm armor-piercing rounds. Hull floor protects against 8 kg anti-tank mines. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. The Piranha IV is equipped with signature reduction technology, making it more difficult to detect on the battlefield.

   Vehicle has a crew of 2-3 men depending on the mission variant. Furthermore Piranha IV provides accommodation for up to 9-10 fully equipped troops. Most versions are intended to carry 6-7 troops.

   Vehicle is powered by a German MTU turbocharged diesel engine, developing 544 hp. The Piranha IV is fitted with height-adjustable hydropneumatic suspension which gives a good off-road mobility. Vehicle is fitted with run-flat tyres and central tyre pressure system. The Piranha IV is not amphibious. This APC can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.





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