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Romania orders Piranha 5s from GDELS

15 January 2018

Romania’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) signed a contract for 227 Piranha 5 8×8 vehicles with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), both the ministry and company have announced.

Romania’s Ministry of National Defence signed a contract for 227 Piranha 5 vehicles on 12 January 2018. (GDELS)Romania’s Ministry of National Defence signed a contract for 227 Piranha 5 vehicles on 12 January 2018. (GDELS)

Signed on 12 January and valued at over USD1 billion, the contract also covers initial logistics support for the vehicles. They will be assembled locally, with a transfer of technology between GDELS and Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB).

Six undisclosed variants are included in the order, believed to be armoured personnel carrier, infantry fighting vehicle, command, mortar, engineering/repair, and ambulance versions.

Romania is also pursuing an indigenous 8×8 vehicle programme, known as the Transportor Blindat pentru Trupe (TBT).

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