Swiss roll in armoured vehicles

The Belgian government has agreed to acquire up to 242 armoured vehicles from Swiss firm Mowag in a deal worth €500 million.

Mowag will deliver the Piranha IIIC 8x8 light armoured vehicles and related logistics support for Belgium’s Armoured Infantry Vehicle (AIV) programme.

The Piranha vehicles will be equipped in seven variants: Infantry Carrier, Armoured Personnel Carrier with Medium Calibre Gun, Direct Fire, Command Post, Engineering, Ambulance and Recovery.

Delivery of the first 138 vehicles will take place between 2007 and 2012; additional vehicles could be delivered from 2012 to 2015 if all options are exercised.

The new vehicles will replace all the Belgian Army’s Leopard, AIFV and M113 tracked vehicles.