German Army Takes Delivery of First FENNEK Pioneer Vehicle
(Source: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)
12:00 AM, October 7, 2008
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Europe's leading system supplier of protected vehicles on tracks and wheels, has delivered the first of a total of 24 FENNEK pioneer vehicles to the German Army's pioneer troops. The handover took place at the end of September during the "2008 Pioneers" training exercise and the subsequent "Pioneers' Day" at the Mnchnsmnster barracks near Ingolstadt in Bavaria, Germany.>> The vehicles from the FENNEK family will provide a valuable service to the German Army\'s pioneer troops in their reconnaissance and preparatory work in the future. They can move almost silently through any terrain, offer a wide range of functions, wide-ranging protection, excellent stability and a high level of autonomy, and are able to defend themselves.>> Mobility:> The outstanding mobility of the FENNEK on and off road with a range of over 1,000 km is due to the vehicle\'s ultra-modern engine technology. The engine system is supplemented by a fully automatic gear system and a transfer gearbox. The four-wheel drive, which can be activated as required, works via the H drive train, allowing a low construction design. The three-person crew, consisting of driver, commander and radio operator/observer, can operate for five days independently. The FENNEK can be air-loaded into a C-130, which means that it can also be moved quickly and easily to more distant deployment areas.>> Protection:> The FENNEK provides protection against hand weapon fire and mines. Interchangeable protection elements allow the level of protection to be modified. ABC protection combined with a room cooling system protects the crew inside the vehicle from the dangers of contamination.
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