Denmark orders 309 Piranha 5 8x8s | World Defense

Denmark orders 309 Piranha 5 8x8s


Dec 5, 2014
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Denmark orders 309 Piranha 5 8x8s
Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
17 December 2015

Denmark has ordered 309 Piranha 5 APCs from GDELS-MOWAG. Source: Royal Danish Army

Denmark has ordered 309 Piranha 5 8x8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from General Dynamic European Land Systems (GDELS) - MOWAG, it has been announced.

Signed on 11 December, the order is worth DKK4.5 billion (USD650 million) and comes after the selection of the 8x8 by Denmark in April.

The first vehicles are to be delivered for training in 2018, with entry into service planned for 2019. All 309 APCs are set to be in Royal Danish Army service by 2023, according to the Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Piranha 5 will replace the M113-series of tracked APCs in Royal Danish Army service. Denmark's M113 replacement requirement ran to up to 450 vehicles. Industry sources have confirmed to IHS Jane's that the production contract includes options that will take the total up to this figure.

The new 8x8 APC will operate within the armoured and armoured infantry battalions of the Royal Danish Army's two combat brigades (the 1st and 2nd). As such it will serve alongside the country's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 2A5 main battle tanks (MBTs), BAE Systems Hagglunds CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), and its older GDELS-MOWAG Piranha III APCs.
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