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FV721 Fox

FV721 Fox wheeled reconnaissance vehicle on public display in 2008.
Source: Paul Hermans - © GNU Attribution Share Alike license

Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Entered service
1973
Status
Limited service
Development
1965 - 1972
Developer
United Kingdom - Daimler
Production
1972 - 1979
Producer
United Kingdom - Royal Ordnance Factory
Unit cost
Number produced
Between 277 and 325
Designations
FV721
CVR(W) / Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Wheeled)
Notable users

Description


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 It was withdrawn from British service in 1994, but remains operational elsewhere.

Details


FV721 Fox

Fox reconnaissance vehicle in desert camouflage on public display in 2010.
Source: Alf van Beem - © Public domain

Variants of the 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 tracked reconnaissance vehicle. Additionally, a total of 13 FV432 tracked armored personnel carriers were modified by mounting a Fox turret.

Facts Fox
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Crew
3 (commander, driver, gunner)
Dimensions
Weight
6.1 t combat load
5.7 t empty
Length
4.17 m hull
5.08 m gun forward
Width
2.13 m
Height
2.2 m overall
1.98 m turret top
Main armament
Type
30mm L21 RARDEN autocannon
Mount
Turret
Ammunition
99 rounds, 3 ready to fire
Elevation
-14 to +40°
Traverse
360°, powered
Stabilizer
No
Secondary armament
Type
7.62mm L37A2 (MAG) machine gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
2.600 round in total
Traverse
Traverse and elevation as main armament
Stabilizer
No
Chassis
Chassis type
Wheeled chassis, 4x4
Tire size
11.00x20 tires
Wheelbase
2.46 m
Track
1.75 m
Automotive
Engine
Jaguar XK 4.2 L V6 petrol
Power output
190 hp at 4.500 rpm
Transmission
5 forward, 5 reverse
Fuel
145 L
Mobility
Speed
104 km/h on road
5 km/h in water
Range
434 km on road
Turn radius
6.1 m
Power to weight ratio
31.0 hp/t
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.3 m
Wall
0.5 m
Trench
1.2 m
Gradient
46 %
Fording
1 m unprepared
Amphibious with preparation
Protection
Armor type
Aluminum
NBC system
Yes
Smoke system
4x 66mm smoke grenade discharger
Equipment
Night vision
Yes

Media


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30mm Rarden

The Fox is armed with the 30mm Rarden autocannon.