Today, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) signed a contract to deliver up to 227 PIRANHA 5 wheeled armoured vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces. The contract has a total value exceeding $1bn and is part of the Romanian Army’s plan to modernise its legacy wheeled armoured vehicle fleet.
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Deputy Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu attended the signing ceremony held at the National Defense Ministry headquarters.
The modern PIRANHA 5 vehicles will be produced in Romania under a strategic cooperation and transfer of technology project between GDELS – Mowag and Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB).
Since 2006, the Romanian Armored Forces has fielded variants of PIRANHA vehicles, which have been deployed in various missions in-country and abroad, demonstrating its reliability and performance.
“The Romanian Army is one of the most important PIRANHA users in Europe. We are very honoured by this contract award as it reflects the high confidence and satisfaction the Romanian Army has in our vehicles,” said Oliver Dürr, Vice President Wheeled Vehicles and Managing Director of GDELS – Mowag.
“With this step, we have established a sustainable collaboration with a trusted partner which has a significant industrial footprint in Romania,” said Thomas Kauffmann, GDELS Vice President International Business and Services. “The transfer of technology and the local production of these vehicles present an enormous opportunity to the Romanian industry.”
With more than 11,000 systems fielded, the PIRANHA is one of the most successful 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicles in the world.