Modernized Fuchs/Fox Provides Comprehensive Protection from Mines and IEDs â€“ Upgrade Order for 21 Bundeswehr Vehicle Already Booked
(Source: Rheinmetall AG)
12:00 AM, October 30, 2008
The tried-and-tested Fuchs/Fox armoured transport vehicle is one of the Bundeswehrs most versatile systems. Rheinmetall now offers a highly effective modernization package that substantially improves the vehicles protection against landmine blasts and improvised explosive devices.>> On the one hand, the new 1A8 version of the Fuchs/Fox is quickly available, immediately addressing an operational vulnerability prior to introduction of the next generation of armoured vehicles another top priority at Rheinmetall. On the other, it broadens the long-term operational spectrum of a vehicle that will continue to form an indispensable part of the Bundeswehr inventory for years to come.>> Because the modernization package involves the reconfiguration of previously fielded 1A7 vehicles, which already feature a wide range of modifications and improvements, this upgrade constitutes a relatively inexpensive solution.>> The Bundeswehr has already contracted with Rheinmetall to upgrade 21 of its vehicles to the 1A8 version, the first of which are already in action in Afghanistan. In light of the urgent operational requirement, modification of the entire lot is to be completed before the end of the year.>> Highly reliable and able to carry out difficult tasks in tough terrain, the Fuchs/Fox has long since won the trust of the troops, making it one of the most popular vehicles in the German Army. The new version is the best-protected wheeled vehicle currently deployed by the Bundeswehr.>> Fuchs/Fox 1A8: An investment in the future>> The robustly modernized Fuchs/Fox 1A8 is the outcome of operational experience gained during the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, and reflects the changing threat to German troops deployed in high-risk environments. Stepped up IED attacks on vehicles and convoys, coupled with the acute threat from mines, made better force protection a vital requirement.