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IDEX 2011
International Defence Exhibition & Conference
Abu Dhabi
, United Arab Emirates
20 - 24 February 2011
General Dynamics at IDEX 2011

Sunday, 20 February 2011, 11:53 PM

General Dynamics presents Desert Piranha class V and Donar for the first time at IDEX.

General Dynamics European Land System (GDELS) presents the latest member of
the PIRANHA family of armoured wheeled vehicles, the PIRANHA Class 5, and the new artillery system DONAR for the first time at IDEX 2011 exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

DESERT PIRANHA 5 – Adaptable for Operations Across the Spectrum of Conflict.

DESERT PIRANHA 5 has been designed from the outset with adaptability, flexibility and growth capacity as
the corner stones of the design. Wheeled armoured combat vehicles now form the core of a deployable land forces combat power and for this reason they need to be effective across the complete spectrum of conflict including peace keeping, counter insurgency and ultimately general war. A thorough analysis of the requirements across these scenarios has been completed to drive the design thus ensuring DESERT PIRANHA 5 is suitable for the operations of today while providing the growth needed to secure the future. DESERT PIRANHA 5 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 turrets up to 120 mm calibre. The vehicle on display is an example of what can be achieved with a vehicle that delivers the troop an internal capacity of an APC with seating for a crew of eleven men. The DESERT PIRANHA 5 can be delivered in either high or low roof configurations with open architectures, over 15,000 kg payload and 120 kW electrical power. This provides growth potential to secure a long service life for the vehicle as new technologies emerge and need to be integrated into the vehicle.

General Dynamics European Land System (GDELS) presents the latest member of


DONAR – A Revolution in the Artillery Doctrine

The DONAR is a new generation, air deployable, autonomous and remotely operated 155mm artillery system that addresses the growing need for precise indirect fire capabilities that can augment or even replace close-air-support operations previously conducted by costly fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft. The total systems weight is less than 31 metric tons, allowing the transport with the future European Transport Aircraft A400M or similar aircraft with payload capacities in this class. The complete remotely operated artillery module is equipped with a 155mm (52 cal.) cannon. DONAR’s maximum range amounts to more than 56 kilometers (vlap). Despite a marked reduction in weight and size, the gun module is operational without any additional stabilization and provides a 360-degree azimuth range. In addition, the autonomous system character of DONAR allows a consistent step towards networked, centralized command and control (network centric warfare). The system possesses the high mobility of an Infantry Fighting Vehicle, derived from an adapted ASCOD version for artillery applications. Separated from the automatic gun module, a crew of only two soldiers (driver and commander) operates the system from a highly protected driver cabin, increasing survivability. The DONAR is a joint European technology program of GDELS and Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW). a

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