Piraña 6x6 HJ-8

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Piraña 6x6 HJ-8

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History:

  • The construction of the Chilean Mowag Piraña was carried out by Industrias Cardoen and FAMAE (Fabricas y Maestranzas del Ejercito de Chile) in the early 1980s. Industrias Cardoen was a Chilean defense company, owned by Carlos Cardoen. Chile was one of the few countries that had the license from Mowag to be able to build the Pirañas locally, thus building several of these vehicles in different configurations and different types of weapons. This specific version of the Chilean Mowag carried 4 Norinco Red Arrow 8 anti-tank missiles from China. This built prototype is quite unknown to most people and information and photos are usually found in specialized military books such as Jane’s. It can be deduced that this prototype with these Chinese missiles were installed in parallel when Cardoen Industries was testing the same missile on the prototype Cardoen-Bell 206 L-III helicopter that would be used as an attack helicopter during 1988. Finally the whereabouts of this prototype is unknown.
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Specifications:

  • Crew:
    • 5 (driver, a commander, a gunner, an ammunition man and a radio operator)
  • Armament:
    • Primay: Four Red Arrow 8 anti-tank missiles
    • Secondary: Two launchers with two 76mm smoke grenades each
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 5.97m
    • Width: 2.5m
    • Height: 1.85m (without weapons)
    • Weight: Total combat weight: 10.500 kg
  • Maneuverability :
    • Engine: Detroit diesel 6V-53T
    • Horse Power: 300 HP/2800 RPM
    • Max. speed on roads: 100 km/h
    • Speed in water: 10.5 km/h
    • Power to weight ratio: 28,6 HP/TON
    • Gear box: Allison MT-653
    • Type: Automatic
    • Gears: 5+1
    • Max. gradient: 70%
    • Lateral inclination: 30%
    • Maximum obstacle height: 0,5 ms
    • Turning circle: 11,3 ms
    • Fuel tank capacity: 400 lts.
    • Range: 1.200 kms.
    • Additional system: fire extinguishing system that is activated in the engine once it exceeds a certain temperature, Amphibious capability.

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Would you like it to be in the Chinese tree or in a future Latin American tree?

If there is a Latin American tree here, I think it is very suitable for it. China actually has its own similar HJ-8 carrier.

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It is true, they are quite similar even in vehicle characteristics such as mobility

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Image of the Piranha 6x6 HJ-8 from Jane’s A&A magazine 1991-92

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additional color photo of the anti-tank vehicle