General Dynamics European Land Systems presents the latest models of the PIRANHA vehicle and mobile bridge systems at FIDAE 2012

Posted on 2012-02-20


MADRID – General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), a business unit of General Dynamics,will present the latest member of the PIRANHA family ofwheeled armoured vehicles andthe most modern mobile military bridge systems at the International Air & Space Fair (FIDAE) 2012 exhibition in Santiago (Chile) from March 27 to April 1, 2012. The new EAGLE light tactical vehicleand thelatest solutions for artillery systems will also be featured.

General Dynamics European Land Systemswill be located at Stand No. F78 (Pavilion F).

Display Highlights

PIRANHA - State-of-the-Art 8x8 Armoured Vehicles

The latest version of the PIRANHA family will raise the benchmark in the survivability, mobility and firepower areas, marking unprecedented progress in the development of armored vehicles. The PIRANHA is in successful worldwide operation in overseas missions and homeland security. The latest sale of the PIRANHA to the Brazilian Marines and its current use in national homeland defense activities and UN peacekeeping operations in Haiti have proven the reliability and survivability of this highly mobile system. The PIRANHA provides the highest levels of survivability against conventional and asymmetric threats, while having the capacity to fill all battlefield roles such as APC, Electronic Warfare, Ambulance, Reconnaissance, Command, Mortar and even Direct Fire with up to 120 mm caliber turrets. The PIRANHA with its open system architecture, high payloads, the largest internal volume in its class and exceptional mobility can fulfill armed forces’ needs worldwide.


GDELS provides a wide range of mobile military bridge systems for worldwide operating armies. The unique M3 Amphibious Bridge/Rafting System and the Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) represent today’s most modern and fastest water-crossing systems for heavy forces. The Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System (REBS) and the modular bridge system Medium Trackway Bridge (MTB) are the systems of choice for medium mechanized and air-transportable troops. Light infantry and airborne units rely on the Infantry Assault Bridge (IAB) to cross wet and dry gaps. Used by more than 20 countries worldwide, General Dynamics’ bridge systems have proven their reliability and performance for both tactical and civil defense operations in disaster areas.

EAGLE - The New Survivability Standard

To meet the increasing demand in protection and payload, General Dynamics European Land Systems offers the new EAGLE vehicle. Due to its higher payload capacity, it can either carry more equipment or heavier protection solutions, depending on the customer’s requirements. This highly mobile vehicle, in a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration, offers outstanding protection against ballistic, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) threats. Various options starting from a basic security surveillance vehicle up to a sophisticated reconnaissance platform are available and share high cost-effective logistic commonality.


SIAC Towed Howitzer Artillery, in service and tested

The SIAC is a state-of-the-art 155/52 caliber towed howitzer with self-propelled capabilities due to its integrated auxiliary power unit. Its advanced design meets the most demanding requirements of modern field artillery and coastal defense missions, featuring rapid deployability, excellent first round hit probability and a swift “shoot and scoot” capability for higher survivability. General Dynamics´ Automatic Gun Laying System (AGLS), Digital Navigation Aiming and Pointing System (DINAPS) and Fully Automatic Ramming System (FIRS) are integrated in the SIAC for superior performance. It is capable of firing 10 rounds in the first minute, quick entering in position (entering: 2 min. / moving away: 1.5 min.) and has a firing range over 40 km with base-bleed ammunition.

ASCOD - Multiple mission roles with excellent mobility, protection and combat ability

The ASCOD is one of the best Infantry/Cavalry fighting vehicles in the world today. The ASCOD designed and produced by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas and General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr entered service with the Spanish and Austrian armies and has recently been chosen for the UK Specialist Vehicle (SV) program. The VCI/I ASCOD is a tracked armored vehicle with a monocoque hull of armour steel plates. It has capacity for a combat group of seven riflemen and a three-man crew, with a high power/weight ratio, thanks to its combat weight of 28 tons. The power pack and running gear with seven wheels, three supporting rollers and wide steel track provide this high mobility vehicle with a maximum speed of 70 km/h going forward and 35 km/h in reverse.


General Dynamics European Land Systems, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a business unit of General Dynamics and conducts its business through four European operating units located in Austria, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. With more than 3,300 highly skilled technical employees, GDELS companies design, manufacture and deliver land combat systems to global customers, including wheeled (PIRANHA, PANDUR, DURO and EAGLE), tracked (ASCOD) and amphibious (M3) vehicles, bridge systems (IRB, MTB and REBS), armaments and munitions. More information about General Dynamics European Land Systems is available online at

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