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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 Piranha IV is heavier than its predecessors. The most significant improvements over the Piranha II and III vehicles are its higher level of protection, increased internal volume and greater carrying capacity. However the Piranha IV received no production orders. However production license for this armored vehicle was acquired by Komatsu of Japan and BAE Systems. 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.

   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. Once fitted with level B modular armor package it provides all-round protection from 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Frontal arc withstand hits from 30-mm armor-piercing rounds. The Piranha IV also has improved protection against landmines. Hull floor protects against blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. The Piranha IV is equipped with signature reduction technology. It has reduced radar and thermal signatures, 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. It complies with EURO III emission requirements. Engine is mated to ZF 7-speed transmission. 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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