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Piranha 3H 8x8

Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

Irish Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Denmark & Ireland
First Produced/Service Dates: 2001
Manufactured by: General Dynamics European Land Systems -Mowag (was Mowag AG)
Crew: 3+8

As Fittted by User.  Irish Vehicle - Main:: (1) Browning .5 inch M2HB Heavy Machine Gun and Co-Axial: 7.62mm MAG 80 MG

Engine: 6 Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

The Piranha 3H version of the Piranha 3 was originally produced for Denmark and is not amphibious.  Besides having improved armor, a more powerful engine and upgraded suspension, the H version is a bit longer (3cm) than the standard Mark 3.  The better ballistic protection is due to a composite armor suite.  The Irish Defence Forces (IDF) chose the Piranha to replace their Panhard M3 APC's.  Approximately (54) APC's serve in the IDF.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available.


Reference Source/Provider
    Danish Piranha 3H APC Photos Luis Pitarch - Spain
Irish Piranha 3H APC Photos Roy Kinsella - Dublin, Ireland & Irish Department of Defence
Piranha 3H Ambulance Irish Department of Defence (via Roy Kinsella)

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
"New Pirahna III, The"  By Raymond Surle'mont Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #36)


Reference Author
Irish Army Vehicles: Transport & Armor Since 1922 Karl Martin
ISAF Vehicles in Afghanistan: 2007 (Kabul and Kandahar Areas) - Mushroom Model Publications

Book Review by Patrick Keenan

Dick Taylor
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher Foss
Landing Zone Lebanon: UNIFIL 2006 (Blue Steel Books) Moustafa Assad
LAV & Piranha: The Extended Family (Concord Publications) Gordon Arthur & Steve Hearn
MOWAG Piranha: Wheeled Armour for the Modern Battlefield Stefan Marx (Tankograd Publishing)
Vehicules Blindes de Combat a Roues 8x8 (Histoire & Collections) Youri Obraztsov

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Irish Piranha 3H APC Model Photos (1/35 Converted Trumpeter Kit) Roy Kinsella - Dublin, Ireland