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MOWAG Piranha V

Infantry fighting vehicle

Piranha V

The Piranha V IFV is the latest and most protected vehicle of the MOWAG Piranha line

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 17 ~ 30 t
Length 8 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.34 m
Main gun 30-mm chain gun
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Engine MTU 6V199 TE21 diesel
Engine power 580 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.75 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.5 m


   The Piranha V is the latest and most protected vehicle of the Piranha line. It is a further development of the previous Piranha IV. The new armored vehicle was revealed in 2010. It is no longer considered as an armored personnel carrier but rather a wheeled infantry fighting vehicle. Two of these armored vehicles are in service with Monaco.

   The Piranha V is better protected than its predecessors. It has an all-welded steel armor hull with integrated add-on composite modular armor. Protection can be upgraded to meet future threats. The baseline version provides all-round protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Also there is growth potential for armor protection. Maximum armor level provides all-round protection against 25-mm armor-piercing projectiles. Vehicle has a double floor with a V-shaped hull and is well protected against landmines and IED blasts. It withstands a 10 kg anti-tank mine blast under any wheel. All occupants are seated on mine-protected seats. This IFV has an NBC protection system. The Piranha V is also proposed with LEDS-150 active protection system.

   The baseline Piranha V has a payload capacity of 13 t. This multi-role vehicle can mount turrets fitted with various weapons, ranging from small caliber to up to 120-mm guns. Vehicle revealed in 2010 was fitted with a turret-mounted 30-mm chain gun. Secondary armament consists of remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun.

   The Piranha V has a crew of 2-3 and accommodates 8-9 troops, depending on the mission variant. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear ramp or roof hatches.

   This infantry fighting vehicle is powered by a German MTU 6V199 TE21 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 580 hp. Engine is mated to a ZF 7-speed automatic transmission. The Piranha V has a full-time all-wheel drive. Vehicle uses height-adjustable semi-active hydropneumatic suspension and has improved off-road mobility. Vehicle has a four-axle steering. It is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. This IFV is not amphibious, however a specialized amphibious version might be developed in the future. The Piranha V can be airlifted by the Airbus A400M without preparation.

   Variants of this IFV might include armored personnel carrier, armored ambulance, command vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle, mortar carrier and fire support vehicle. A proposed desert version of this armored vehicle, known as Desert Piranha, is optimized for operation in hot climate conditions.


Video of the MOWAG Piranha V infantry fighting vehicle

Piranha V

Piranha V

Piranha V

Piranha V

Piranha V

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