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General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced today that the first PIRANHA 5 and EAGLE 5 armoured vehicles have been delivered to the Royal Danish Army.

The vehicles were handed over on 27 March in the presence of the Minister of Defence and senior officials from the army, the defence forces and the Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO). With vehicles having already been delivered to DALO last year, this event marks the transition of the vehicles to operational use.

PIRANHA 5 and EAGLE 5 are part of a family of vehicles used in different configurations by over 20 nations, including the US, Canada and Spain and are the latest in a lineage of vehicles from GDELS-Mowag that have served in international operations for decades.

GDELS signed a contract with DALO at the end of 2015 to deliver 309 PIRANHA 8x8s in six variants: infantry, command, ambulance, engineer, mortar and repair. Two years later, DALO awarded GDELS a framework supply contract for the delivery of multiple variants of the new EAGLE 4x4 vehicle. The first batch of 36 vehicles was in the Armored Patrol Vehicle configuration. Both contracts are complemented by multi-year framework agreements for general post-production support and services.

Denmark and GDELS have a long history of collaboration. Over the last two decades, GDELS has delivered PIRANHA, DURO and EAGLE vehicles and also partners with Danish industry through an industrial cooperation strategy. In less than a decade, GDELS has generated more than DKK 3 billion (US$450 million) in new business for Danish companies Hydrema, Tencate, Nissens, Mikkelsen and others.

The first of 309 PIRANHA 5 armoured vehicles have now been delivered to the Royal Danish Army. (Photo: GDELS)

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