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Fennek

Armored reconnaissance vehicle

Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle

The Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle is in service with Germany and Netherlands

 
 
Entered service 2003
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 9.7 t
Length 5.71 m
Width 2.49 m
Height 1.79 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm (Dutch variant)
Grenade launcher 40-mm HK GMG (German variant)
Ammunition load
Machine guns ?
Grenade launcher ?
Mobility
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 240 hp
Maximum road speed 115 km/h
Range 860 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 35%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1 m

 

   The Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle was jointly developed by Dutch SP Aerospace and German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann companies. This reconnaissance vehicle is named after a small species of desert fox. The Fennek evolved form an unsuccessful Multi-Purpose Carrier (MPV) originally developed by Dutch SP Aerospace company as a private venture. Germany placed an order for 206 Fenneks, and Netherlands - for 410 vehicles. First vehicles were delivered in 2003, replacing the Luchs armored reconnaissance vehicles in the German Army and the M113 in the Dutch Army.

   Basic armor of the Fennek provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds and anti-personnel mines. Add on armor can be added for a higher level of protection. Vehicle also has an NBC protection system. Engine compartment is fitted with an automatic fire extinguishing system. Vehicle's infra-red signature is minimized through special exhaust ducting.

   Vehicles in service with German army are armed with a 40-mm HK GMG automatic grenade launcher. Dutch vehicles are armed with a single 12.7-mm machine gun. Both weapons are mounted in remotely controlled stations.

   Observation equipment of the Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle is installed on an extendable mast. It comprises a thermal imager, day vision camera and a laser rangefinder. These sensors can also be removed from vehicle, and set on a tripod up to 40 from the vehicle. This armored reconnaissance vehicle is integrated into the digital tactical command and control system. Its collected intelligence is displayed on the digital maps.

   The Fennek has a crew of three. It is able to operate independently for up to five days. The Fenneks are usually deployed in units of two vehicles.

   Vehicle is powered by a Deutz diesel engine, developing 240 horsepower. The Fennek has selectable two or four wheels drive. It is fitted with a centralized tyre inflation system, to suit terrain conditions. Fennek is also fitted with a recovery winch. Vehicle is not amphibious.

 

Variants

 

   MRAT - ATGW carrier, fitted with Rafael Spike missiles;

   General purpose version;

   Combat engineering vehicle;

   Artillery observation vehicle;

   SWP (Stinger Weapon Platform) - air defense vehicle, fitted with Stinger missiles;

   Mortar carrier, fitted with 81-mm mortar;

   Fennek 2 a new two-engined variant of the Fennek. It has a crew of five. To date only a technology demonstrator has been built.

 

Video of the Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle

 
Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle

Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle

Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle

Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle

Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicle

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