MOWAG GmbH: First sale success of PIRANHA III in South America

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MOWAG PIRANHA IIIC 8×8 for the Brazilian Marines

Brasilia, Brazil – On September 6th 2006, the Brazilian Navy and MOWAG GmbH – a General Dynamics company – signed a contract for the delivery of 5 units of the PIRANHA IIIC 8×8. The vehicles will be delivered in the amphibious version and will be used in a UN Mission in Haiti next year. For MOWAG, this is the first sale success of PIRANHA III Vehicles in South America and the first order from Brazil at all.

PIRANHA-IIIC-BrazilPIRANHA IIIC 8×8 in amphibious version

Previously, in the year 2000, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence tested the PIRANHA III in competition with other vehicles available on the world market and awarded the MOWAG product with the necessary qualifications. As the first Force, the Brazilian Navy has or-dered 5 vehicles in the amphibious version for its Marines, including logistic support. Out of the 5 vehicles ordered, 4 will be delivered in the APC – Armoured Personnel Car-rier and one in a maintenance version. Because the PIRANHAs should serve as soon as possible in a UN Peace Keeping Mission in Haiti, a very short term of delivery has been agreed. Production of the 5 PIRANHAs will take place at MOWAG’s facility in Kreuzlingen and the vehicles will be delivered during 2007. MOWAG believes that its products will appeal to many other customers in South Amer-ica because of those countries’ interoperability requirements with NATO and/or UN forces, in the light of joint peace keeping operations. The threat situation in such mis-sions specifically calls for a high level of protection for the vehicle crews against mines, ballistic weapons and EOD. With the worldwide operating PIRANHA IIIC 8×8, the tech-nology-advanced company from Kreuzlingen-Switzerland offers a proven product, which fulfils this high-ranking requirement of protection, comfort and mobility.

MOWAG GmbH of Kreuzlingen, Switzerland develops, designs, and manufactures technologically advanced special vehicles for military use. More than 13’000 armoured wheeled vehicles of the MOWAG PIRANHA, MOWAG EAGLE, and MOWAG DURO series are fielded all over the world. Since October of 2003, MOWAG is part of the General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems group, and employs a qualified staff of more than 600 in its Kreuzlingen site.

The General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems group
 is part of General Dynamics Corporation (GD). General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 81,100 people worldwide, and had 2006 revenues of $24,1 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.



Heinz König
Head of Marketing MOWAG GmbH / Tel. +41 (0) 71 677 55 22

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