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MOWAG Piranha IIIH 8x8

Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

Irish Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Denmark & Ireland
First Produced/Service Dates: 2001
Manufactured by: MOWAG AG (Switzerland)
Crew: 3+8

As Fitted by User.  Irish Vehicle - Main: (1) Browning .5 inch M2-HB HMG;  Co-Axial: 7.62 MAG 80 machine gun;

Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

The Piranha IIIH was originally produced for Denmark and is not amphibious.  Besides automotive differences, the H version is 3 cm longer than the standard III and has the highest level of protection of all the LAV series vehicles due to a composite armor suite.  The Irish Defence Forces chose the Piranha to replace their Panhard M3 APC's.  Approximately (54) APC's serve in the IDF.  A variation of the APC is the Piranha IIIH Cavalry Recce Vehicle (CRV)

Data Sheet Available: None Available.


Reference Source/Provider
    Dane Piranha IIIH APC Photos Luis Pitarch - Spain
Irish Piranha IIIH APC Photos Roy Kinsella - Dublin, Ireland
Piranha IIIH Ambulance Irish Dept. of Defence Through Roy Kinsella

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
"New Pirahna III, The"  By Raymond Surle'mont Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #36)
MOWAG AG Homepage MOWAG Website


Reference Author
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Irish Army Vehicles: Transport & Armor Since 1922 Karl Martin
ISAF Vehicles in Afghanistan: 2007 (Kabul and Kandahar Areas) - Mushroom Model Publications

Book Review by Patrick Keenan

Dick Taylor
Landing Zone Lebanon: UNIFIL 2006 (Blue Steel Books) Moustafa Assad
MOWAG Piranha: Wheeled Armour for the Modern Battlefield Stefan Marx (Tankograd Publishing)

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Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Irish Piranha IIIH APC (1/35) Model Photos Roy Kinsella - Dublin, Ireland