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Romania orders more Piranha armored vehicles

General Dynamics European Land Systems is producing an undisclosed number of Piranha III armored vehicles for Romania.

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Richard Tomkins
The 8x8 Piranha III armored vehicle ordered by the Romanian army. Romanian army photo
The 8x8 Piranha III armored vehicle ordered by the Romanian army. Romanian army photo

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Romania has ordered additional Piranha III wheeled armored vehicles from General Dynamics European Land Systems.

The order is the fifth by Romania and is part of the Romanian army's vehicle modernization program.

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The Piranha PIII is an 8x8 wheeled vehicle with a top speed of 62 miles per hour and a range of 780 miles. It carries a crew of three and five passengers.

GDELS, formerly MOWAG of Switzerland, said Piranha vehicles have been in service with the Romanian military since 2006.

"The Romanian Army is a very important Piranha user for General Dynamics European Land Systems and we are honored by this contract award as it reflects the high confidence and satisfaction of the Romanian Army in this vehicle," said Dr. Thomas Kauffmann, Vice President International Business & Services of General Dynamics European Land Systems.

The contract for additional vehicles was signed last December. GDELS on Thursday did not detail the number of vehicles ordered or other detail of the contract.

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