LGS Fennek (Leichter Gepanzerter Spahwagen) History

Early development started in the early 1990s as a tri-national project, with France, Germany and the Netherlands. Eventually, comparisons between the Zobel prototype and the Panhard/MaK VBL turned at the advantage of the former and France withdrew from the project. However, the Zobel was modified with DAF/Wegmann and quite different from the final prototype which won the competition in 1994. Notably, the driver's position was much further back. Eventually, the design was refined throughout 1995 to 2000 leading to a front compartment.

The LGS (which stands for "Leichter Gepanzerter SpƤhwagen" or "light armored reconnaissance vehicle", was a Bundeswehr project aimed at replacing older vehicles in service (like the Luchs), whereas the Royal Netherlands Army had similar specifications. Therefore, under their government's blessings, Dutch Special Products Aerospace joined in KMW (Krauss Maffei Wegmann), initially contracted, for the joint production, and later Turkish FNSS Defence Systems intervened for providing armament modules.

In April 2000, KMW prototype was ready and achieved its trials the next year in December, when a combined Dutch/German order was placed. 410 for the Dutch Army and 300 for the Bundeswehr. First deliveries began in 2003 and were extended up to 2015 for the German Army. However in 2004 SP Aerospace was bankrupt and replaced by a newly created company, Defence Vehicle Systems, which had the task to achieve the production for the Dutch Army.

LGS Fennek (Leichter Gepanzerter Spahwagen) Specification

BASICS

Service Year

2003

Origin

Germany

Crew

3

Production

632

MANUFACTURER(S)

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - Germany / Dutch Defence Vehicle Systems - Netherlands

OPERATORS

Germany; Netherlands

ROLES

Armored Car

Design, of typically lightweight nature, providing onroad/offroad capabilities for the scouting or general security roles.

Reconaissance

Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

Length

18. 7 ft

5. 71 m

Width

8. 2 ft

2. 5 m

Height

5. 9 ft

1. 79 m

Weight

22,046 lb

10,000 kg

Tonnage

11. 0 tons

POWER & PERFORMANCE

Powerplant:

1 x Deutz diesel-fueled engine developing 240 horsepower.

Speed

71. 5 mph

(115. 0 kph)

Range

534. 4 mi

(860. 0 km)

ARMAMENT

1 x 40mm Hecker & Koch HK GMG automatic grenade launcher. 1 x 7. 62mm MG3 general purpose machine gun OR 1 x 12. 7mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun.

AMMUNITION

Not Available.

VARIANTS

Fennek - Base Series DesignationFennek REC - Base Reconnaissance ModelFennek MRAT (Medium-Range Anti-Tank) - Anti-Tank Guided Missile carrier. Fennek GP - General Purpose VehicleFennek CEV - Combat Engineering VehicleFennek JFST (Joint Fire Support Team) - Fire support vehicle.

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