The Fennek Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle

The Fennek is a light armoured 4WD reconnaissance vehicle, operated by a three man crew and room for one passenger.  This vehicle has supplies (food and water) enabling it to operate independently for a period of up to five days.

The Fennek Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle

Length: 5.71m
Width: 2.49m
Height to Roof: 1.79m
Overall Height: 2.18m
Combat Weight: Approximately 9.7t
Gross Weight: Approximately 10t
Engine: PF-17 Medium vehicle Fusion power unit
Maximum Torque: 819nm at 1,650rpm

The driver's station with rear view monitor on the right.

Maximum Road Speed: 115km/h
Maximum Reverse Speed: 23km/h
Maximum Forward Slope: 60°
Maximum Side Slope: 35°
Angle of Approach and Departure: 36°
Overhang: 45°
Drive: Selectable rear-wheel / front-wheel drive, selectable differential lock
Turning Radius: 6.3m
Fording Depth: 1m

Programmable tyre pressure control system
Cable winch, 5t
NBC protection system
Firewarning and extinguishing system
Air conditioning
Rear-view camera system

The Commander's and Observer's stations.

Observation and Reconnaissance Systems
Windows: 5
Periscopic sight and 2 vision blocks in the gun mount
Extendible sensor with CCD camera, thermal imager and laser range finder
Sensor head fully elevated height: 3.29m
Sensor Traverse Range: ±220°
Sensor Elevation Range: -30° to +30°

The Tactical Command and Control system (TCCS).

Navigation Systems
Inertial Navigation System
GPS support
Inertial computer unit
North-seeking gyroscope
Positioning Accuracy, Own Vehicle: 10m, Circle Error Probability (CEP)
Positioning Accuracy, Target: 10m, Circle Error Probability (CEP)

The radio system.

Communication Systems
VHF Radio (GE)
SEM 80/90
VHF Radio (NL)
TRC 9500
HF Radio (GE)
HRM 7400

Radio data transmission
Voice Radio Communication

Armament Options
Weapon Station: Gun mount with periscopic sight for 40mm automatic cannon, or 7.62 or .50-calibre machine gun
Traverse Range: n x +40°
Elevation Range: -10° to +40°
Basic Load Automatic Cannon: 32 rounds
Basic Load 7.62 or .50-cal Machine Guns: 250 rounds

The following gear is stored on board:

  • AN/TVS-5 Binoculars
  • Portable Backpack Radio (?)
  • Large Medical Bag
  • Axe
  • Sledge hammer
  • Machette
  • Shovel
  • Prybar
  • Vehicle tool set
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Universal Tripod (for 40mm, 7.62mm & .50cal machine guns)
  • Ration Packs (2)
  • Trade Pack (2)
  • Mountain kit (1)
  • Cold kit (1)
  • 20m Tow Chain
  • 50m Rope

Stored Small Arms Ammunition:

  • 4.6 × 30mm (500/cs) (3 cases)
  • .45 ACP (500/cs) (1 case)
  • 5.56 × 45mm (500/cs) (3 cases)
  • 7.62 x 51mm (500/cs) (1 case)

~ by Kalam Harkair on January 16, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Fennek Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle”

  1. The Fennek LGS is named after the fennec (a small species of desert fox); LGS being short for Leichter Gepanzerter Spähwagen in German (English: Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle). It is a four wheeled armed reconnaissance vehicle produced by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in cooperation with Dutch Defence Vehicle Systems. It was developed for both the German Army and Royal Netherlands Army to replace their current vehicles.

    In April 2000, the prototype vehicle finished field trials and in December 2001 a combined order was placed; 410 were ordered by the Royal Netherlands Army (202 for Reconnaissance purpose, 130 for MRAT or Medium Range Anti-Tank role and 78 General Purpose versions) and 222 by the German military (178 for Reconnaissance, 24 for Combat Engineers, 20 for Joint Fire Support Teams or JFST role).

    Germany plans an overall purchase of approximately 300 Fenneks. The first vehicle was delivered to the Netherlands in July 2003 and the first to Germany in December of the same year. Deliveries will continue until 2011 (additional orders for the German Army are planned from 2015 on).

    The Dutch SP Aerospace company, which produced the Fennek for the Dutch military, was declared bankrupt in August 2004. A new company called Dutch Defence Vehicle Systems (DDVS) was then created to continue the production of the vehicles for the Royal Netherlands Army.

    The Fennek has four wheels with selectable two or four wheel drive. It’s powered by a Deutz diesel engine producing 179 kW, giving it a top speed of 115 km/h. The tire pressures can be regulated by the driver from inside the vehicle to suit terrain conditions.

    The primary mission equipment is an observation package mounted on an extendable mast. Sensors include a thermal imager, daylight camera and a laser rangefinder. Combined with the vehicle’s GPS and inertial navigation system the operator can accurately mark targets or points of interest and pass that data to the digital battlefield network.

    Various weapons can be fitted, such as a 12.7 mm machine gun for the Dutch reconnaissance version, a Rafael Spike anti-tank missile on the Dutch MRAT version, or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (HK GMG) or Rheinmetall MG3 for the German vehicles. The Royal Netherlands Army also placed an order at the Turkish company Aselsan for 18 Raytheon Stinger surface-to-air missile launchers to be fitted on the Fennek.

    The vehicle is protected all-round against 7.62 mm rounds and additional armour can be added if the mission requires. The air conditioning system provides protection against nuclear, biological and chemical warfare and the crew compartment is protected against anti-personnel mines as well.

  2. video is ni german but shows rhe fennek at play

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