FENNEK Reconnaissance Vehicle
Seeing without being seen
Its mission: seeing without being seen. Excellently camouflaged due to its low overall height, the extremely low infrared and radar signatures as well as an engine with low noise emission and equipped with state of the art reconnaissance equipment, the FENNEK readily satisfies the requirements for reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines. In modern mission scenarios of the 21st century its tasks include the observation of enemy troop movements and, in particular, the monitoring of embattled towns, cities or stretches of land, in order to observe, identify and check any suspicious activity immediately after it occurs.
The high reconnaissance ability is guaranteed by the vehicle's reconnaissance and observation system, known as “Beobachtungs- und Aufklärungsausstattung” (BAA). The sensor head, which is raisable up to a height of 3.30 meters, contains a thermal imaging device, a CCD-daylight camera as well as a laser rangefinder. The sensor head can be controlled in azimuth and elevation and be used remotely on a tripod up to 40 m from the vehicle, while controlled from inside the vehicle. The BAA system allows for detecting and identifying targets at long distances during day and night operations. The observation and reconnaissance is augmented with the help of a hybrid navigation system that determines the vehicles position and the magnetic north, using both GPS (Global Positioning System) as well as an Inertial Navigation System (INS). With the help of the laser range finder and the control unit of the BAA, the location coordinates of reconnoitered objects are determined, then processed further by the system control unit before being automatically transmitted to a digital location map.
For the German troops this is done by the „Führungs- und Waffeneinsatzsystem“ (FüWES). Adaptable interfaces enable the use of alternative, country specific hard- and software. Further systems, such as the surface sensor equipment (BSA), the radiation detection equipment as well as, in future, the Mini-UAV (Aladin) or the remote controlled mobile sensor system (MoSeS), additionally increase the reconnoitering capacity significantly.
Mobility With a total gross weight of up to 12 tons the FENNEK copes easily with gradients of over 60% and cross slopes greater than 35%. It has a turning radius of 13 meters and a water fording capability of up to one meter. An automatic tire pressure control system allows the vehicle to adapt perfectly to the terrain conditions. Its powerful engine is complemented by a selectable all-wheel-drive, a fully automatic transmission and a transfer case. The H-drive train allow the low height and low center of gravity of the vehicle, which in turn guarantee the high mobility in heavy terrain, whilst the use of state of the art engine technology enables a range of almost 1 000 kilometers.