BW – SpWg Fennek 1A1

Spähwagen Fennek 1A1 (1)
Spähwagen Fennek 1A1 (2)
Spähwagen Fennek 1A1 (3)
Spähwagen Fennek 1A1 (4)

Spähwagen Fennek 1A1

Beginning in 1993, the Fennek Reconnaissance Vehicle was developed as a bilateral project under the leadership of the Netherlands. The handover of the first reconnaissance vehicle to the German Armour School in Munster took place on 10 December 2003. The vehicle features a welded, self-supporting hull made of aluminum alloy with integrated mine protection. In order to protect the three-man crew, the entire crew compartment of Bundeswehr versions was armoured against 7.62mm armour-piercing rounds according to STANAG 4569 Level 3. This was accomplished by installing thicker armoured-glass windows and composite armour plates on the outside of the vehicle. The heart of the Reconnaissance Vehicle is the extendable observation and reconnaissance platform (Beobachtungs- und Aufklärungsausstattung, or BAA) with an integrated eye-safe laser rangefinder, OPHELIOS thermal-imaging system and a CCD day-sight camera. The prominent but nondescript sensor head can rise to a height of 3.38m. Therefore, the vehicle has the ability, using natural and manmade cover, to observe terrain via the BAA from a concealed position. For self-defence, all Fennek Reconnaissance Vehicles are armed with a 40mm x 53 AGL as the primary weapon. If necessary, a 7.62mm x 51 MG3A1T can also be mounted. The manual 360° Type 1530 overhead weapon station can be elevated from -10° to +40° and controlled from under armour whilst protected against NBC agents. The radio equipment consists of two SEM 80/90 VHF radios, an HRM 7400 HF radio and a portable SEM 52 SL VHF radio.

Crew: 3
Gross Vehicle Weight: 11,000kg
Military Load Classification: 00
Length: 5.60m
Width: 2.55m
Height up to top of weapon station: 2.29m
Ground Clearance: 0.41m
Grade: 60%
Slope: 30%


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Publication about the Fennek Family of Vehicles

Yearbook – Armoured Vehicles of the Modern German Army 2018

Yearbook – Armoured Vehicles of the Modern German Army 2019

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