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GD offers Piranha 5 for Canada's CCV programme

LONDON CITY, CANADA (BNS): General Dynamics Land Systems has offered its Piranha 5 armoured fighting vehicle for the Canadian Army’s Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) programme.

Under the CCV programme, the Canadian Army plans to procure over 100 new tactical vehicles that can deliver infantry sections in close combat while operating along with main battle tanks.

The Piranha 5 combat vehicle, fitted with Rheinmetall’s LANCE 30mm Modular Turret System, is the latest variant of the Piranha family of wheeled combat vehicles.

The combat vehicle, incorporating new mobility, protection and communications technologies, combines track-like performance with the strategic mobility of a wheeled platform.

Advanced suspension technology allows the Piranha 5 CCV to go anywhere a medium-weight tracked vehicle can go with significantly lower fuel, maintenance and lifecycle costs, according to its manufacturer.

“With the Piranha 5 CCV, Canadian soldiers will control the battlefield and fight, manoeuvre and communicate with agility and precise lethality. And they will do it in a vehicle that achieves the deployability and lifecycle cost benefits enjoyed by the rest of Canada’s wheeled combat vehicle fleet,” Danny Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, said.

The Canadian Defence Department is expected to issue a request for proposal for the CCV programme in 2011.

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