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FENNEK JFST (Joint Fire Support Team) – Teamwork in target acquisition and reconnaissance

A team consisting of an artillery observer and a forward air controller for reconnaissance and the coordination of tactical fire support of army, air force and navy

Performance characteristics of the FENNEK JFST

The KMW supplied the the German Bundeswehr with the Joint Fire Support Team (JFST) variant. The team (two FENNEK vehicles) consists of an artillery observer and a forward air controller (FAC). The JFST is equipped with exceptionally powerful latest-generation observation and reconnaissance equipment with an extremely high range. The additional communication connection to the speech and data radio of the air force and navy make the FENNEK in JFST unique. A laser designator can also determine targets for the air force and guide laser-controlled ammunition to the target.

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Crew

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

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Communication

Communication device for coordination with army, air force and navy

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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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Multi-talent

Can be fitted for various weapon stations

Crew

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

Communication

Communication device for coordination with army, air force and navy

Everything at a glance

Enhanced navigation performance and target acquisition

Power

High-performance power pack with 177 kW

Multi-talent

Can be fitted for various weapon stations

Facts about the FENNEK JFST

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, which guarantee 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 JFST

  • Exceptionally accurate target localisation in azimuth and in elevation
  • Outstanding reconnaissance capabilities
  • High mobility 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 JFST.

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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

40 mm 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 JFST in operation

The FENNEK JFST shows its strengths on tough terrain.

The FENNEK JFST – High reconnaissance performance combined with maximum mobility

The FENNEK JFST in pictures

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

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