Fox armoured reconnaissance vehicle


Fox armoured reconnaissance vehicle

: "This article is about the post-war British vehicle. For the World War II Canadian vehicle, see Fox Armoured Car."

Infobox Weapon
name=Fox


caption=
origin=UK
type=Armoured car
is_vehicle=yes
length=5.08 m
width=2.13 m
height=2.2 m
weight=6.75 t
suspension=Wheel
speed=104 km/h (64.6 mph)
vehicle_range=434 km (269.675 mi)
primary_armament=30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon
secondary_armament=Co-axial 7.62 mm L37A2 machine gun
armour=
engine=Petrol
engine_power=190 hp (142 kW)
pw_ratio=28.1 hp/tonne
crew=3

The FV 721 Fox Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (wheeled) was a 4x4 armoured car deployed by the British Army as a replacement for the Ferret scout car and the Saladin Armoured Car. The Fox was introduced into service in May 1973 and withdrawn in 1993/4.

It had a crew of three and had a low profile rotating turret armed with a 30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon which was manually fed with 3 round clips; 99 rounds were carried. A coaxial L37A2 7.62 mm machine gun was mounted with 2,600 rounds. The weapons were not stabilised. This turret was also equipped with a set of 2 4-barrelled smoke dischargers. The vehicle had a combat weight of 6.75 tonnes and was designed to be air-portable. The Fox had aluminium armour and was fitted with a flotation screen. It lacked protection against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Powered by a Jaguar 4.2 litre 6 cylinder multifuel engine, the Fox was one of the fastest vehicles of its type.

An un-turreted version, Vixen, was planned and trialled but never entered production. An example of the Vixen is held at the Bovington museum. There was also at least one trial version of a Fox chassis mounting the standard UK GPMG one man turret (as used on the FV432 APC) and possibly one with a larger one man turret mounting a M2 .5in heavy MG. Both types were proposed for use in Ulster during the 1980's as patrol vehicles.

The turret of the Fox has been remounted on the chassis of the Scorpion tank to create a new tracked reconnaissance vehicle, the Sabre, that is cheaper to produce than the similar FV107 Scimitar. A small number of Fox turrets were added to modified FV 432s in the mid-1970s, but this project was abandoned after 13 were converted.

External links

* [http://www.inetres.com/gp/military/cv/recon/Fox.html Fox at Inetres.com]
* [http://www.military-vehicle.net/vcls/fox.htm Fox at Military-vehicle.net]



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