The Romanian Defense Ministry has signed the contract with the US General Dynamics the contract allowing the Romanian state to purchase 227 Piranha V armoured wheeled vehicles, which will be able to carry out missions in any type of land, under any weather conditions.
According to the contract signed on Friday, the first 36 vehicles will reach Romania this year and will be bought from Switzerland, while the rest of 179 will be made at the Uzina Mecanica in Bucharest.
According to the Romanian Defense minister, Mihai Fifor, the contract is extremely important, as it will generate consistent sums for the defense industry and will re-launch the activity of a traditional local defense factory, meaning the Bucharest’s Uzina Mecanica.
“Thank you the people in the defense industry, who had patience and haven’t destroyed that factory. The have suffered so that we could have something to boast of today, that we had the chance to clinch such a partnership contract,” Fifor said.
The total cost of the programme is about EUR 895 million.
The PIRANHA V 8×8 is the fifth-generation of the family of Piranha wheeled utility vehicles and is being developed by General Dynamics, using private venture funding.
A large number of PIRANHA vehicles are currently deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 9,000 variants of PIRANHA vehicles have been on order or in service in over 20 nations’ armed forces worldwide in the past 22 years.
The development of the PIRANHA V is being carried out by General Dynamics UK and Mowag of Switzerland (part of the General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems group). The manufacture of the first PIRANHA V prototype was completed by the end of 2008.