Swiss Add 26 More Piranha-III Specialty APCs
In January 2007, “Swiss Converting 160 More Piranha Panzerjaegers” covered the conversion of 160 Piranha I 6×6 vehicles from tank hunters with TOW missiles, to light battalion command vehicles ready for the new Swiss battlefield C3I system FIS HE (Fuhrungsinformationssystem der Stufe Heer, now in its 2nd development stage). Those vehicles do not involve major structural modifications, unlike the Brigade level Piranha IIIC C2 vehicle shown above.
Now General Dynamics subsidiary MOWAG GmbH in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland has announced an order from Swiss Army for 26 PIRANHA IIIC 8×8 APCs, to be be manufactured during 2010-2011.
Out of the ordered vehicles, 6 will be delivered as armored brigade command vehicles, 8 as armored communication vehicles, and 12 as so-called “armored Radio Access Point vehicles with increased functionality.” Close to 900 Piranha (LAV) family vehicles currently serve in various configurations within the Swiss Army. MOWAG release.