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Rheinmetall has received a follow-up order from an international customer to supply kits for the assembly of Fuchs 2 armored vehicles worth 250 million euros. As the company also reports, the kits, including an initial requirement for spare parts, are to be produced at Rheinmetall in Kassel and delivered between 2021 and 2023. According to Rheinmetall, final assembly takes place in the customer's country. With an estimated unit price of six million euros, there could be around 40 vehicles.

To date, 1,600 Fuchs armored personnel carriers (TPz) have been built, most in the Fuchs 1 version, only a few as the Fuchs 2. The Bundeswehr still uses 940 Fuchs 1 TPz, of which 272 are the Fuchs 1A8 variant. In this state-of-the-art version, the protection against mines and booby traps and at the same time the ballistic protection of the vehicles have been significantly improved.

The Fox 2, photo: Rheinmetall

Der TPz Fuchs 2 ähnelt zwar äußerlich dem Vorgängermodell. Er verfügt aber über einen stärkeren Antrieb (315 kW), mehr Nutzlast (acht Tonnen) und Verbesserungen im Kampfraum, ein digitales Bordnetz und ein modernisiertes Fahrwerk mit einer Reifendruckregelanlage. Soweit veröffentlicht, wurden bisher Fuchs 2 an die USA (Umrüstung) und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate geliefert. Die Stückzahlen liegen unter 100. In Zusammenarbeit mit Algerien sollten seit etwa 2015 knapp 1.000 Stück des Fuchs 2 produziert werden. Wieweit das Projekt gediehen ist, ist nicht bekannt.

The 6×6 Fuchs is used in numerous variants. This includes crew transport, command post, ambulance and NBC reconnaissance. Over 100 Fuchs 1 have proven themselves in the Bundeswehr in operations such as in Afghanistan.

Rheinmetall has the Fuchs 1A8 plus in its portfolio as the latest version. Significant innovations are a new power unit, a new transfer case, a new brake system, an improved steering system and a monitor and camera viewing system. This increases the mobility in the terrain and the endurance of the crew. The Fuchs 1A8 plus could be realized either by reworking existing vehicles or by manufacturing new ones.

Gerhard Heiming