BW – Fennek 1A2 Fü-/ErkdFzg Pi
Fennek 1A2 Pionierführungs- und Erkundungsfahrzeug
During operations of Fennek 1A1 Engineer Command and Reconnaissance Vehicles in Afghanistan, some capability deficiencies turned up that needed to be eliminated immediately. One example was that pushing small obstacles out of the way sometimes deformed or damaged the front of the vehicle. Also missing were a counter-bearing when using the cable winch, IR lights and mounts for a tow bar. Even though the Fennek Reconnaissance Vehicle features a modern, welded, self-supporting hull made of aluminium alloy with integrated mine protection and additional armour for protection against 7.62mm armour-piercing rounds meeting STANAG 4569 Level 3, the growing use of IEDs and mines by insurgents, and the resulting threat to crews, forced the Bundeswehr to act. So far only 8 of the 24 Fennek 1A1 Engineer Command and Reconnaissance Vehicles were upgraded to the variant Fennek 1A2 Engineer Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle. As part of the upgrade the vehicles were equipped with the heavy FLW 200 RCWS, improved IED protection, CG-12 ECM system, bow protector with integrated IR lights, SATCOM system and two ammunition boxes, a tow bar and a night vision-capable rear-view camera. After the upgrade, the vehicles were designated Fennek 1A2 Reconnaissance Vehicles. The smoke grenade discharger system at the rear of the vehicle was removed due to installation of the FLW 200 and it is now attached to the 360° RWS.
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