Piranha IIIC: Armored Personnel Carrier
Remote Weapons' Station (Lemur): 12.7mm M2HB or 40mm AGL (optional)
Ammunition Stowage: 300 ready/900 stowed 12.7mm or 64 ready/900 stowed 40mm grenades
Default Ammunition: 100/900 12.7mm PPTM/85 LS or 64/900 40mm M430 HEDP (HEAT)
Integral Grenades: 3 ready/6 stowed per bank (2), total 18.
Grenade Launcher: Grenades
Ammunition Stowage: 2 ready/4 stowed
Default Ammunition: 2/4 Smoke
Frontal Turret Armor: N/A
Frontal Hull Armor: Thin. Protected vs HMG
Combat Mass: 16.5 tonnes
Engine: 400hp 6-cylinder Caterpillar C-9 EURO III Diesel
Top Speed: 105kph
A larger version of the Mowag chassis used on the other LAV series vehicles, this PC is in service with Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, and Romania. The principal differences between the Piranha IIIC and Piranha IIIH lies in the engine and suspension systems. Whereas the H version has an independent torsion bar suspension all around, the Piranha IIIC uses coil springs up front and torsion bars in the rear, and comes equipped with a version specific 400hp, 6-cylinder Caterpillar C-9 EURO III engine. Steel Beasts Professional models four versions of the Piranha IIIC: the basic MOWAG APC variant, the Belgian Piranha FUS APC variant, and a “TACP” tactical air control party vehicle (found under the “Artillery” category in the Mission Editor), along with the Belgian DF30 and DF90 direct-fire infantry support vehicles.
- Note that the TACP version is equipped with a seven meter mast antenna which will be erected whenever the vehicle is stationary. Setup and tear down time is approximately three-and-a-half minutes each way and the vehicle will remain stationary during this period regardless of movement orders, but users may occupy the driver's position and manually move the vehicle in emergencies.
All crew stations (driver (F9), gunner (F6 when a RWS is mounted), commander (F7), and squad leader (F11)) are modeled and may be occupied by the player.
Though the base vehicle is unarmed, the Piranha IIIC may be equipped with either the Lemur, M151 Protector, or M153 Protector remote weapons' stations. In this case the displays in the commander's and squad's station(s) will repeat the mounted RWS' display. Opening the commander's hatch (B) will inhibit the RWS; the squad's hatch may be opened (Alt B) however.
The dismount section for the Piranha IIIC APC is 8 men (compared with only 6 on the Piranha IIIH), carrying 2 AT-4 light anti-armor weapons, an M60E mg, and 5.56mm rifles. The TACP version carries a single two man “Forward Air Control” party (which performs in Steel Beasts Professional as a standard FO team) armed with 5.56mm rifles.