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 8×8 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.