The Rheinmetall Landsysteme TPz-2 Fuchs

The Henschel Defence Systems Transportpanzer 1 (Fuchs) was originally developed in the 1960s to meet German Army requirements.

Some 996 vehicles were produced between 1979 and 1986. Rheinmetall Landsysteme now owns Henschel.

Since then, production has been resumed for the export market, mainly for specialised roles such as NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) reconnaissance, which the US Army adopted as the M93.

During the 1990-91 Gulf War, Henschel supplied NBC reconnaissance vehicles to Israel, the UK and the USA.

The basic vehicle is fully amphibious with two propellers mounted on either side at the rear. Standard equipment includes an NBC protection system and passive night vision equipment.

An upgraded version of the Fuchs has been fielded for use in the former Yugoslavia with a higher level of armour protection and protection for the 7.62mm machine gun mounted over the forward part of the roof.

TPz-1 FUCHS Specifications
Type Six wheeled armoured vehicle
Manufacturer Rheinmetall Landsysteme
Crew 2
Armament 7.62mm machine gun, six smoke dispensers
Length 7.3m
Height 2.4m
Width 3m
Weight 17 tonnes
Powerplant Mercedes-Benz Model OM-402A V-8 liquid cooled diesel
Performance Road speed 105km/h, range 800km
Variants NBC Reconnaissance equipped with a mini-lab and a robotic arm that allow for external environment samples collection and analysis by the vehicle's crew which remains inside, Personnel carrier (carrying up to 10 troops) and command variants