TPz-1 FUCHS

In 1964, the West German Army, the Bundeswehr, requested a family of armoured vehicles that had the same mechanical components and covered a wide range of missions, from troop transport to reconnaissance missions. In 1967, Daimler-Benz began the development of an armoured personnel carrier (APC) that would culminate in 1969 with the presentation of two prototypes, which would be followed by ten more between 1974 and 1976. After demanding tests, in December 1976 the contract was signed for the acquisition of 996 6×6 Transportpanzer 1 Fuchs.

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Country of origin

Germany

Builder

Daimler Benz

Type

Armoured personnel carrier

Entered service

1979

Crew

2 crew members + 10 passengers

Combat weight

TPz.1: 19,000 kg – TPz.1A8: 23,500 kg – TPz Fuchs 2: 23,000 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

TPz.1: 6.83 x 2.98 x 2.30 meters – TPz.1A8: 6.83 x 2.98 x 2.50 meters – TPz Fuchs 2: 6.83 x 3.04 x 2.54 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: against splinters and light firearms

Power plant

TPz Fuchs 2: 1 x MTU 6V 199 TE20 V6 turbocharged diesel engine, 456 hp
TPz.1/A8: 1 x Mercedes-Benz Model OM 402A V8 turbocharged diesel engine, 320 hp

Speed

105 km/h on road – 10 km/h on water

Range

800 km

Armament

TPz Fuchs 2: 30mm guns, MGs, ATGWs and automatic grenade launchers + 6 smoke grenade dischargers
TPz-1/A8: Machine guns, ATGWs and automatic grenade launchers + 6 smoke grenade dischargers

Production

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