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Piranha 1

Armored Fighting Vehicle Series

 

Piranha 1 4x4 APC


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Switzerland (and others including Australia, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and US)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1972
Manufactured by: MOWAG AG (now General Dynamics European Land Systems)
Crew:

4x4 = Up to 10 crew/troops

6x6 = Up to 14 crew/troops

8x8 = Up to 15 crew/troops

Armament: Determined by Variant/Mission.  Otherwise fitted by user.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

The Piranha family was developed by MOWAG as a private venture utilizing a modular concept to allow for flexibility of use, ease of production and subsequent maintenance.  The modular concept allows for the relatively inexpensive and simple creation of similar vehicles able to fulfill many different requirements and missions.  Possible variants/duties are air defense, ambulance, anti-tank, APC, cargo transport, command & control, electronic warfare, fire support, internal security, mortar carrier, recovery and reconnaissance.

 

The Piranha 1B 4x4 and 6x6 prototypes were the first vehicles built, both fitted with V8 gasoline engines (Chrysler 360T and HT413 respectively).  However, the petrol engines were soon dropped and all subsequent Piranhas to this day use diesel engines. The Piranha 1 was first of the entire family of vehicles to be produced and was built on 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 chassis while serving in many roles in many countries.  Countries that use(d) the 4x4 vehicle are Chile (Prototype only), Liberia & possibly Sierra Leone.  6x6 vehicle users are/were Canada (AVGP Cougar, Grizzly & Husky), Chile, Switzerland (Panzerjager 90/Later Converted to Ambulances & Protected Command Vehicles) and possibly Ghana & Nigeria.  Finally, 8x8 vehicle users are/were Australia (Early ASLAV 25ís), Chile, USA (Early LAV) and possibly Ghana The Piranha 1 was followed by the very similar, but improved/upgraded Piranha 2 series.

Data Sheet Available:   Piranha 1 (4x4) Data Sheet (by David Haugh)

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Piranha 1B (4x4) Prototype APC Photo Massimo Foti
    Piranha 1B (4x4) Prototype APC Photo Guenther Neumahr - Bern, Switzerland
  Piranha 1 (4x4) APC Photo Massimo Foti
Piranha 1 (4x4) APC Photos MOWAG AG via David Haugh - Content Editor
  Piranha 1B (6x6) Prototype APC Photo Massimo Foti
Piranha 1B (6x6) Prototype APC Photos Guenther Neumahr
  Piranha 1 (6x6) Ambulance Photo Massimo Foti
Piranha 1 (6x6) Swiss Police Vehicle Photos Guenther Neumahr
Piranha 1 (6x6) Swiss Protected Command Vehicle Photos Guenther Neumahr
  Piranha 1 (6x6) Swiss Protected Command Vehicle Photo Swiss Ministry of Defense

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Piranha AFV Information and Photos Army Guide. Com
Piranha 1 4x4 AFV Information and Photos Army Guide. Com
Piranha 1 6x6 AFV Information and Photos Army Guide. Com
Piranha 1 8x8 AFV Information and Photos Army Guide. Com
Piranha 1 Ambulance Photos (via Guenther Neumahr) Prime Portal
Swiss 6x6 Panzerjager 90 Photos (via Guenther Neumahr) Prime Portal

Printed

Reference Author
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Jane's AFV Recognition Handbook Christopher F. Foss
LAV & Piranha: The Extended Family (Concord Publications) Gordon Arthur & Steve Hearn
MOWAG Piranha: Wheeled Armour for the Modern Battlefield (Tankograd Publishing) Stefan Marx (Tankograd Publishing)
Vehicules Blindes de Combat Roues (Wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicles) 8x8 (Histoire & Collections) Youri Obraztsov

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Piranha 1B 4x4 APC Model Kit (20010) Verlinden 1/35 Multi-Media.  Out of Production
       
Aftermarket Product Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider