2020 is the 40th anniversary year for the Fuchs transport tank (TpZ). Series production - a total of over 1,400 were built - began in 1979, and the first series vehicle entered the Bundeswehr in late 1980. Since then, the Bundeswehr has been using the Fuchs in a variety of ways, the vehicle has been involved in all of the Bundeswehr's international missions, from Afghanistan to Mali.
Today's foxes are of course not the same as those from 1980. The most modern version currently being introduced by the Bundeswehr is the TPz 1 A8 (in the picture). Compared to older models, this has a much improved protection against ballistic threats as well as against mines and booby traps. The main modifications of the TPz 1 A8 include structural changes to the hull, new axles, reinforcements for the wheel arches, doors and window mounts as well as additional stowage compartments and reinforcements in the outside area. By the end of 2020, Rheinmetall will upgrade a total of 272 Bundeswehr foxes to the current level 1A8.
Rheinmetall is also already working on a successor version, which is to receive a new engine, a new transfer case, a new brake system, an improved steering system and a monitor and camera vision system. This will make the TPz 1 Fuchs even more agile and ergonomic to operate, the company says.
In addition, there is the Fuchs 2 export variant derived from the TPz 1 Fuchs. This further development includes an enlarged interior, a more powerful engine, a modernized chassis and digital vehicle electronics. The Fuchs 2 is used, for example, by the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and another customer in the MENA region.
In addition to the Bundeswehr, the US Army, but also Great Britain or Norway are among the users of the fox, so that the reliability has been tested in many operations in a wide variety of climates. With this mixture of proven reliability and constant modernization, the Fuchs is well on the way to continuing to accompany the Bundeswehr soldiers in the coming decades.
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