The Royal Danish Army received its first production standard Piranha 5 and Eagle 5 armoured vehicles on 27 March, the Danish Ministry of Defence and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) have announced.
The official handover marked the beginning of deliveries of 309 production standard Piranha 5s ordered under a USD650 million contract in December 2015.
The Piranha 5 underwent a series of trials conducted by the Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO), after initial deliveries were made in 2018.
Danish Defence Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen stated, "Our soldiers need modern equipment that meets the demands of the future battlefield ... With these vehicles I am confident that we can stand up in the future."
Deliveries of the Piranha 5 are expected to be completed by 2023 in six variants: command, armoured personnel carrier (APC), ambulance, recovery, engineering, and mortar platform. There will be at least 15 of the latter, carrying Austrian company ESL Advanced Information Technology's (ESLAIT's) 120 mm Advanced Automated Autonomous Mortar System (A3MS) selected in 2016.
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