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The Piranha family of light armored vehicles, available in 4x4, 6x6, 8x8 and 10x10 configurations, has become the choice of military customers around the world. Mission roles include Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), NBC Reconnaissance, Command, Control & Communication, Maintenance, Recovery, and Ambulance variants. Other customer specific variants are available.

The PIRANHA provides the features and performance required of a modern multirole vehicle, one which is well suited to practically any battlefield or peace-keeping/peace enforcing role anywhere in the world. Due to the design concept of this y multipurpose vehicle, a wide range of special variants were built to meet the specific requirements of customers.

The modular, exchangeable protection concept is adaptable to various threats; Different add-on modules that can be installed in the field for specific missions; Ballistic protection against KE, projectiles, fragments and bomblets; Mine protection against Anti-Tanks (AT) blast mines, claymore - type mines, and protection against Rocked Propelled Grenades (RPG), Explosive Formed Penetrators (EFP), Improvised Explosive Devices(IED), and artillery shells; Active Protection System against Anti-tank Guided Missiles (TGM).

The independent wheel suspension with high vertical wheel travel is proven in all types of terrains under all climate conditions; High performance and outstanding reliability; Optional amphibious capability for rivers, lakes and seawater. Integrated Logistic Support provides life support by an integrated approach to maintenance and supply, high system availability, ease of maintenance and low life cycle costs.

In August 1999 Diesel Division, General Motors of Canada Limited (DDGM), announced the acquisition of the privately owned Mowag Motorwagenfabrik AG (MOWAG), based in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. The sale formalizes a 22-year working relationship between the two companies that has focussed on the design development, international licensing and manufacturing of the Piranha family of light armoured, wheeled military vehicles. DDGM had recently begun production of a new and significantly larger category of the Piranha 8x8, known as the LAV III, as part of a 651-unit replacement program for the Canadian Forces.

General Dynamics entered into a definitive agreement to acquire General Motors Defense for $1.1 billion in cash. General Motors Defense of London, Ontario, is a business unit of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM, GMH) of Detroit, Michigan. The transaction, which had been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, was subject to normal regulatory approval. It was expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2003, and would be immediately accretive to earnings. GM Defense produces wheeled armored vehicles and turrets. In a joint venture with General Dynamics, GM Defense produces Stryker, the U.S. Armys transformational combat vehicle. Other GM Defense products include the LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) for Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia; and the Piranha combat vehicle for a number of international customers. It anticipates 2002 revenues of approximately $950 million, and has a backlog of more than $1.5 billion.

The company had 2,400 employees in four operating units: GM Defense, Delco Systems in Goleta, California; GM Defence, Australia in Adelaide, South Australia; GM Defense, Canada in London, Ontario; and MOWAG Motorwagenfabrik AG in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. General Dynamics anticipated no changes to production workforces in any of the GM Defense locations, and will honor all existing labor agreements.

In April 2016, General Dynamics European Land Systems and Airbus Defence and Space successfully demonstrated the load of a PIRANHA 5 8x8 Armored Personal Carrier (APC) into an Airbus A400M cargo aircraft during an evaluation exercise. As part of the drill, the PIRANHA 5 was driven into the cargo compartment and completely tied-down according the airlift procedures. The crew was able to easily load the vehicle in the cargo compartment of the aircraft, which can accommodate one PIRANHA 5 and 29 fully equipped soldiers. The objective was to validate the boarding of a PIRANHA 5 in the cargo compartment without any special preparation as part of a broader A400M evaluation process, demonstrating the transport capability of combat vehicles. The demonstration was conducted at Airbus Defence and Space site in San Pablo (Seville, Spain), which is the final assembly plant for the A400M.

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