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Doosan Infracore Black Fox

Armored personnel carrier

Doosan Black Fox

The Black Fox armored personnel carrier is available in 6x6 and 8x8 configurations

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 16 t
Length ~ 6.5 m
Width ~ 2.7 m
Height ~ 2.5 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 380 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 640 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 1.2 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Black Fox armored personnel carrier was developed by Doosan Infracore as a private venture for domestic and export markets. The first prototypes were completed in 2003 and it was introduced in 2005. Doosan was competing with the Rotem KW1 Scorpion and Samsung Techwin MPV to meet a potential requirement of the South Korean Army, for a family of wheeled 6x6 and 8x8 armored vehicles. South Korean army planned to replace its tracked armored vehicles in the rapid deployment and internal security roles. Eventually Rotem company was selected as a winner to produce vehicles for the South Korean Army. In 2016 the Rotem KW1 (6x6) and KW2 (8x8) armored vehicles were adopted by the South Korean Army as K806 and K808 respectively. Even though the Doosan lost competition to supply armored vehicles for the South Korean Army, it offered the Black Fox for various foreign operators. In 2009 a contract was signed with Indonesia to supply a total of 43 Black Fox armored vehicles, fitted with a 90 mm turret. This vehicle is known in Indonesia as the Tarantula. Deliveries were completed in 2013.

   The Black Fox APC has a crew of three and carry 9 troops. Number of troops carried depends on the role. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via the rear ramp or roof hatches. There are some firing ports provided for the troops.

   Armor of this vehicle provides all-round protection from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is likely that the front arc withstands hits from 12.7 mm armor-piercing rounds. This APC can be fitted with add-on armor for a higher level of protection.

   The Black Fox is fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 12.7 mm machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. Also it can be fitted with various other weapons, including turret-mounted armament.

   The Black Fox APC has a conventional layout with a front-mounted engine. Vehicle is powered by a diesel engine, developing 380 hp. Possibly the engine is produced by Cummins. Engine is mated to an automatic transmission. Vehicle has steering on the front four wheels. A baseline vehicle is not amphibious, however amphibious capability is proposed as an option. The Black Fox is air transportable by the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

 

Variants

 

   8x8 version of the Black Fox armored personnel carrier. It was developed alongside the 6x6 version and was aimed to meet a possible South Korean requirement for a family of wheeled armored vehicles. So far this vehicle received no production orders. Only a couple of prototypes were completed.

   Tarantula is an Indonesian fire support vehicle, armed with a 90 mm gun. In 2009 a contract was signed with Indonesia to supply Black Fox armored vehicles, fitted with a turret-mounted 90 mm gun. This vehicle is fully amphibious and is propelled on water by 2 rear-mounted waterjets. Deliveries commenced in 2012 and were completed in 2013. The Tarantula is used for infantry fire support.

 

 
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