Combat vehicles / Reconnaissance / Fox

Fox

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Reconnaissance vehicle

  • ORIGIN
    United Kingdom

  • NICKNAMES
    FV721 (UK service)

  • DESIGNED
    1965 - 1972

  • DESIGNER
    Daimler

  • PRODUCTION
    1972 - 1979

  • PRODUCERS
    Royal Ordnance Factory

  • QUANTITY
    Between 277 and 325

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very high speed
    Good firepower
    Amphibious
    No NBC protection
    Non-stabilized weapons

Introduction

The Fox is a small wheeled reconnaissance vehicle of UK origin. It was developed the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Wheeled) project to replace the Ferret and Saladin in the reconnaissance role. The Fox entered British service in 1973 and is known as the FV721 in the UK.

Layout

The Fox is a very compact reconnaissance vehicle. The crew of three consists of a commander, driver and gunner. The driver is seated in the front, the turret with its two crew members is mounted in the middle and the engine is placed at the rear.

Firepower

The Fox is armed with a 30mm L21 RARDEN autocannon. A total of 99 rounds are carried in three round clips. An L37A2 version of the MAG medium machine gun is mounted as a coaxial weapon.

Protection

The aluminum armor provides protection against small arms fire and shell splinters. No NBC protection is fitted. A four barrel smoke grenade discharger is mounted at both turret sides.

Mobility

The Fox is a very mobile vehicle with a very high road speed due to its light weight and wheeled chassis. The 4x4 drive train provides a reasonable cross country ability. A Jaguar 190hp petrol engine provides propulsion.

Users

The main user of the Fox has been the UK, but it was also exported to Africa. It was withdrawn from British service in 1994, but remains operational elsewhere.

Variants

Fox

The Fox is a small wheeled reconnaissance vehicle that is armed with a 30mm autocannon and a 7.62mm machine gun. Only a single version of the Fox has been developed. Many other variants based on the same chassis had been planned but none became operational. The Fox turret has been mated with the Scorpion chassis to create the Sabre and 13 FV432 were modified by mounting a Fox turret.

  • Specifications:
  • Fox
TypeReconnaissance vehicle
Crew3 (commander, driver, gunner)
Length4.17 m (hull), 5.08 m (gun forward)
Width2.13 m
Height1.98 m (turret top), 2.2 m (overall)
Ground clearance0.3 m
Weight5.7 t empty, 6.1 t combat load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 4x4, 11.00x20 tires, 2.46 m wheelbase, 1.75 m track
Turn radius6.1 m
EngineJaguar XK 4.2 L V6 petrol, 190 hp at 4.500 rpm
Power ratio31.0 hp/t
Transmission5 forward, 5 reverse
Speed104 km/h on road, 5 km/h in water
Fuel145 L
Range434 km on road
Wall0.5 m
Trench1.2 m
Gradient46% gradient
Fording1 m, amphibious with preparation
ArmorAluminum
NBC equipmentYes
Night visionYes
Smoke4x 66mm smoke grenade discharger
Remarks-
Armament30m L21 RARDEN autocannon
7.62mm MAG machine gun
Weapon130mm L21 RARDEN autocannon
99 rounds, 3 ready to fire
-14 to +40° elevation, 360° traverse, powered
non-stabilized
Weapon27.62mm L37A2 (MAG) coaxial machine gun
2.600 rounds
traverse and elevation as main armament
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
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