General Dynamics European Land Systems has demonstrated the Piranha 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle's capabilities to the Bulgarian Army.

The three-day-long demonstration was conducted at the Military polygon Tylbeto near the city of Kazanlak in Bulgaria.

It involved a live-fire demonstration of the Piranha infantry fighting vehicle, which was outfitted with a 30mm Nato-compliant remote controlled weapon station, an anti-tank guided missile system, and a fully integrated communication information system.

General Dynamics European Land Systems International Business & Services vice-president Dr Thomas Kauffmann said: “General Dynamics European Land Systems is honoured to have the opportunity to present the full range of the Piranha system capabilities to the Bulgarian Army.

“With our proven technology and advanced system capabilities, we are confident in our ability to provide the Bulgarian Army with a compliant solution.”

The demonstration was carried out in collaboration with General Dynamics Mission Systems and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

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The vehicle is a candidate for the Bulgarian Army’s Battalion Battle Group acquisition project, General Dynamics stated.

It offers a custom-built driveline, modular protection, an unrivalled payload to gross vehicle weight ratio, a wide range of weapon stations and amphibious capability.

"General Dynamics European Land Systems is honoured to have the opportunity to present the full range of the Piranha system capabilities to the Bulgarian Army."

The Piranha can be used for any battlefield or peacekeeping / peace enforcing mission anywhere in the world.

Bulgaria is currently committed to developing the defence capabilities of its armed forces by the end of this decade.

Its priorities include achieving a high level of interoperability with allies, improving the mobility of land force units, and developing communications and information systems 

The programme also includes developing the Navy to counter naval and air adversaries, aircraft self-defence systems and intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance capabilities.

Image: The Piranha 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle. Photo: courtesy of General Dynamics European Land Systems.