Panzerstahl PS88021 German Bundeswehr Fuchs 1A4 Personnel Carrier - Panzerpionierkompanie 320, Darverden / Barme, Germany (1:72 Scale)
"I vow to faithfully serve the Federal Republic of Germany and to bravely defend the right and the freedom of the German people."
- Ceremonial oath of the Bundeswehr
The TPz (Transportpanzer) Fuchs (fox) is an armoured personnel carrier developed by Daimler-Benz and built by Thyssen-Henschel (now Rheinmetall Landsysteme) in 1979. It was the second wheeled armoured vehicle to be fielded in the Bundeswehr. It is used for tasks including troop transport, engineer transport, bomb disposal, NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) reconnaissance and electronic warfare. In selecting models and retrofit kits, more than 90 combinations are possible; 32 have been produced. The TPz Fuchs is thus referred to as a "retrofit platform".
The engine is a Mercedes-Benz Model OM 402A V-8 liquid-cooled 320 HP diesel. Its top speed is 105 km/h and the range is 800 km. It is 7.33 m long, 2.98 m wide and 2.37 m high. It weighs 18.3 tons with the capability to carry 6 tons in equipment. The 6x6 APC has high performance over many terrains, with low noise. Its rear-mounted propellers with 360 turning range enable it to take water obstacles at 10 km/h.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale representation of a German Bundeswehr Fuchs 1A4 Personnel Carrier which served with Panzerpionierkompanie 320, then deployed to Darverden / Barme, Germany. The depicted Fuchs 1A4 is a transport and support vehicle for engineer groups. It is allocated in the Engineer battailons and independent Engineer companies. It has room for 8 soldiers in the back and two at the front. It carries engineer material as barbed-wire, mines, directional mines, etc. The A4 can be distinguished by the two round barbed wire roll containers on the rooftop. Now in stock!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Release Date: June 2011
Historical Account: "A New Fatherland" - The Bundeswehr (German for "Federal Defence Force") is the name of the unified armed forces of Germany. The Bundeswehr is a federal defense force with Army (Heer), Navy (Marine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), Joint Service Support Command (Streitkraftebasis), and Central Medical Services (Zentraler Sanitatsdienst) branches.
The Bundeswehr has some 250,000 military personnel, 50,000 of whom are 18 to 25 year-old conscripts who serve for at least nine months under current rules. The number of civilian employees is to be reduced to 75,000 during the coming years.
Women have served in the medical service since 1975. In 2000, in a lawsuit brought up by Tanja Kreil, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling allowing women to serve in more roles than previously allowed. Since 2001 they can serve in all functions of service without restriction, but they are not subject to conscription. There are presently around 14,500 women on active duty and a number of female reservists who take part in all duties including peacekeeping missions and other operations.