Military Embedded Systems

Fennek reconnaissance vehicles to be equipped with optronics systems

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April 30, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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GERMANY. Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has received an order from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to equip the Royal Netherlands Army's Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicles with visual systems. The scope of the order includes 188 BAA II NL observation and reconnaissance systems as well as a number of spare parts.

According to the company, the BAA II NL is the logical further development of the BAA II JFST, which is already in use in the Joint Fire Support Team (JFST) of the German Armed Forces. The external dimensions have remained the same and the use and menu navigation have also been left unchanged.

The scope of the contract also includes adjustments to the YellowKite camera, which will be optimized to become a day-vision/near-infrared (NIR) camera with color vision and will receive a near-infrared cut filter. In addition, HENSOLDT claims it provides a digital outlet.

HENSOLDT will deliver the observation and reconnaissance systems to KMW, which will handle the integration of the BAA II NL and its command and control system into the Fennek reconnaissance vehicles. Deliveries to KMW will begin in 2022 with the qualification systems. Series delivery will start in 2023 and is scheduled to be completed by 2027.

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