Fennek 4×4 – German-Dutch Production Reconnaissance Combat Vehicle Newcomer In Ukraine

Fennek 4×4 – German-Dutch Production Reconnaissance Combat Vehicle Newcomer In Ukraine

The war in Ukraine saw the arrival of a new type of combat vehicle, because it was not as heavy as the Main Battle Tank (MBT), the presence of the Fennek 4×4 did not seem to receive widespread attention. Citing information from social media networks, Fennek 4×4 armored reconnaissance (combat guidance) vehicles have been seen in Ukraine.

From a photo posted on the Twitter account “The Dead District” on February 12, 2023, it is stated that Ukraine will receive Fennek 4×4 from Germany or the Netherlands for an undisclosed amount. Co-produced by Germany and the Netherlands, the Fennek 4x4 has now been exported to Qatar.

Although there is no official information regarding the delivery of Fennek 4×4 to Ukraine, reportedly the Fennek 4×4 currently seen in Ukraine may originate from the Netherlands. Until now, there has been no information officially released by the Dutch Government regarding the delivery of this type of vehicle to the Ukrainian armed forces.

On 23 December 2022, the Dutch government announced that for 2023 the Netherlands would provide €2.5 billion to support Ukraine. The Dutch government expects that this amount will be needed to provide military assistance, support repair and reconstruction activities and make a financial contribution in the fight against the Russian military.

So far, the Country of Windmills has sent several weapons to Ukraine, such as 8 units of the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer caliber 155 mm, 45 units of the T-72EA MBT in collaboration with the Czech Republic, a number of YPR-765 tracked APCs (Armored Personnel Carrier), light tactical vehicles, military trucks, and Patriot missile batteries.

About the Fennek 4×4, including the 4×4 wheeled reconnaissance armored vehicle produced jointly by German companies Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Dutch Defense Vehicle Systems (Netherlands).

The first Fennek 4x4 prototype was completed in late 1992 and used for extensive trials in 2011. The Dutch Army ordered 410 Fennek 4x4s, consisting of 202 reconnaissance variants, 130 MRAT medium-range anti-tank variants and 78 units. general purpose variant.

Meanwhile, the German Army ordered 222 units of Fennek 4×4, consisting of 178 units of the reconnaissance variant, 24 units of the combat engineers variant, and 20 units of the joint fire support teams (JFST) variant.

The Fennek adopts a somewhat unique design with the driver's position located at the front of the crew compartment with excellent forward vision through three large bulletproof windows.

The comfortable arrangement of the windshield and side windows and the far forward seats give the driver excellent visibility of over 180°. In the reconnaissance configuration, the rear of the vehicle houses seats for the commander and radio operator/observer.

The Fennek hull enables the concept of flexible and distinctive armor protection from aluminum armor with additional armor modules providing protection from small arms fire in 7.62 mm caliber and artillery splinters.

The Fennek 4×4 reconnaissance variant is equipped with an electrically operated gun mount, with a configuration of 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or 40mm grenade launcher.

As an option, the Fennek 4x4 can be equipped with a periscope with an additional plug-in module. The gun mount can be traversed through a full 360º with barrel angles ranging from -10 to +40º. When equipped with the 7.62 mm machine gun, a total of 250 rounds of ready ammunition can be carried or 32 rounds when equipped with the 40 mm grenade launcher.

The Fennek 4×4 is powered by a 6-cylinder Deutz BF6M 2013C inter-cooled turbocharged diesel engine that produces 240 hp combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. Ranpur with a weight of 12 tons can travel on the highway with a top speed of 112 km per hour and 23 km per hour in reverse mode. Fennek 4×4 has a cruising range of 1,000 km and 460 km in off-road conditions.

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