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The photo was taken in September 2012 in the Kunduz area, Afghanistan. On each one can be seen a vehicle of the Partnering Advisory Task Force (PATF) Kunduz of the German ISAF contingent., Photo: Hensoldt
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To extend the service life of the Dutch Fennek, Hensoldt Optronics is supplying 188 enhanced observation and reconnaissance systems (BAA II NL). The general contractor Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has commissioned the sensor solution provider to provide the BAA II NL for installation in the revised Fennek for almost 75 million euros from autumn 2022.

The Netherlands is having its reconnaissance vehicles, which it has been introducing in 2006, modernized in order to extend their usage time until at least 2034 (ESuT reported.) As part of the modernization, the number of units will be reduced from 365 to 340. The "forward observer" and "Tactical Air Control Party" versions are no longer available and the command vehicle, driving school vehicle and mortar carrier versions are newly created.

The number of versions "Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicle" (LVB) and - those introduced after 2017 - "Fire Support Team" (FST) increases by two to 185, 138 LVB and 47 FST. Only these two versions are equipped with the BAA II NL. The elevatable observation and reconnaissance system - the central element of these versions - receives cameras with a higher resolution and can be operated in the extended state. The YellowKite camera is optimized to a daytime / near infrared camera with color vision and gets a near infrared (NIR) cut filter as well as a digital output. The entire BAA can be operated on a tripod up to 40 m away from the vehicle.

An automatic motion detection supports the user even during longer assignments. The image fusion function combines the data from the thermal imaging camera and the CCD camera into a merged image. With a laser rangefinder, the distance to targets and terrain points can be determined. Laser illuminators and laser pointers are used to mark targets for combat, for example with laser-guided missiles.

A new LAZ 400 thermal imaging camera is installed for self-defense with the 12.7 Minimi-MG, which doubles the combat distance for precise shots. The smoke throwing system is movably mounted and can work all around. An automatic motion detection supports the user even during longer assignments. The image fusion function combines the data from the thermal imaging camera and the CCD camera into a merged image.

The two Fennek variants with BAA II NL are the last to be converted in the program. Delivery to the troops is planned for the period 2024 to 2027. After that, the revised Fenneks should be available until the end of their useful life without any technical or operational restrictions.

Gerhard Heiming