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FENNEK FAO (Forward Artillery Observer) – The eagle eye of the artillery

Its low silhouette and quiet running make it perfect for forward observation posts

Performance characteristics of the FENNEK FAO

One of the main features of the FENNEK FAO is an improved navigation unit which enables exceptionally accurate target localisation in azimuth and elevation, even in remote control.

The target information and position transmitted this way are forwarded to the fire support officer by the artillery command and control system (ACCS). Hit spotting and corrections are carried out by the ACCS. The artillery observer also has a digital map module for position visualisation and orientation on open terrain.

The interior has a TBMS display (Tactical Battlefield Management System) for the fire support officer and additional radio capacity in order to aid the crew in fire support from air, land or naval forces.

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Crew

3-man crew consisting of commander, radio operator/observer and driver

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Long-term monitoring

Self-sufficient for up to 5 days on missions

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Everything at a glance

Enhanced navigation performance and target acquisition

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Power

High-performance power pack with 177 kW

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Self-protection

FLW 200 weapon station – Stabilised und modular

Crew

3-man crew consisting of commander, radio operator/observer and driver

Long-term monitoring

Self-sufficient for up to 5 days on missions

Everything at a glance

Enhanced navigation performance and target acquisition

Power

High-performance power pack with 177 kW

Self-protection

FLW 200 weapon station – Stabilised und modular

Facts about the FENNEK FAO

Extremely mobile, high reconnaissance performance, quiet and self-sufficient for up to 5 days

The FENNEK owes its outstanding performance capability to an ideal combination of reconnaissance capabilities, mobility, manoeuvrability and camouflage. The three-man crew – driver, commander and radio operator/observer – can operate self-sufficiently for five days. Equipment, operating supplies, drinking water and food are carried in the vehicle. Air-transportable in the C-130, the FENNEK can even be transported to remote deployment zones quickly and easily. With a total weight of up to 12 t, the FENNEK can easily handle inclinations of over 60% and slopes of over 35%. It has a turn circle of 13 m, and fording capability of 1 m in water.

Thanks to an automatic central tyre inflation system, the vehicle can adjust perfectly to the ground conditions at hand. Its high-performance power pack is complemented by its engageable all-wheel drive, fully automatic manual transmission and distributor gearbox. The H-drivetrain enables its short construction and low centre of gravity, thereby ensuring high mobility, even on tough terrain. The use of cutting-edge engine technology gives the FENNEK a range of nearly 1,000 km.

Additional information

Equipment features of the FENNEK FAO

  • Exceptionally accurate target localisation in azimuth and in elevation
  • Outstanding reconnaissance capabilities
  • High mobility, even on tough terrain
  • State-of-the-art sensor system
  • Air-transportable in C-130/160
  • High-performance power pack with engageable all-wheel drive
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Optimally meets the requirements for recon missions behind enemy lines

The armed forces of Germany, the Netherlands and Qatar rely on the target localisation precision and mobility of the FENNEK FAO.

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Length

5.58 m

Width

2.55 m

Height (vehicle roof)

1.79 m

Weight

12 t

Engine performance

177 kW

Speed

> 100 km/h

Range

1,000 km

Armaments

40mm automatic grenade launcher, 7.62 x 51 or 50 cal. machine gun

Crew

3 persons

Protection

Ballistic, mine, IED

Observation and reconnaissance equipment (ORE) ensures high-level reconnaissance capabilities. Thermal imager, CCD daylight camera and laser range finder are integrated in a sensor head extendable up to a height of 3.30 m. A vertically and laterally adjustable pan & tilt head allows the sensor head to be used in dismounted operation on a tripod up to 40 m away from the vehicle and operated via control cable from inside the vehicle. ORE allows detection and identification of targets at great ranges by day and by night.

Observation and reconnaissance are supported by a hybrid navigation system, which determines the vehicle’s own position and the direction north with great accuracy using both GPS (global positioning system) and inertial navigation system (INS). The laser range finder and ORE control unit are used to determine the site coordinates of detected objects, which are then processed by the system control unit before being automatically transmitted to a digital tactical map. With the German troops, this is done by way of the weapon and fire control system (FüWES), while universal interfaces enable trouble-free use of alternative, country-specific hard and software.

The FENNEK FAO in operation

The FENNEK FAO shows its strengths on tough terrain.

The FENNEK FAO – High reconnaissance performance combined with maximum mobility

The FENNEK FAO in pictures

Image material of the FENNEK FAO from exercises and missions in various situations

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