The BAA II sight system deployed on the German Army’s Joint Fire Support Teams (JFST) Fenneks in Afghanistan.
The BAA II sight system deployed on the German Army’s Joint Fire Support Teams (JFST) Fenneks in Afghanistan.

Hensoldt to Provide BAA II Sight System for Royal Netherlands Army Fennek Recon Vehicles

Oberkochen-based Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has received an order from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) worth nearly 75 million euros to equip the Royal Netherlands Army’s “Fennek” armoured 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.

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 in order to keep the training effort for the crew as low as possible.

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

The BAA II sight system deployed on the German Army’s Joint Fire Support Teams (JFST) Fenneks in Afghanistan.
The BAA II sight system deployed on the German Army’s Joint Fire Support Teams (JFST) Fenneks in Afghanistan. (Photo by HENSOLDT/Carl Schulze)

“Our optronic solutions combine sensors from different technologies to provide armoured vehicle crews with an excellent situational awareness,” said Andreas Hülle, CEO of HENSOLDT Optronics. “In the field, this capability is essential to fulfil the mission and ensure the protection of the crews.”

The Fennek (a species of small desert fox) is a four-wheeled armed reconnaissance vehicle produced by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Dutch Defence Vehicle Systems. The vehicle is protected all-round against 7.62 mm rounds and additional armour can be added if the mission requires. Sensors include a thermal imager, daylight camera and a laser rangefinder.

HENSOLDT will deliver the observation and reconnaissance systems to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (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 autumn 2022 with the qualification systems. Series delivery will start in 2023 and is scheduled to be completed by 2027.

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