FUCHS vehicle, part of Vanguard Enabling Group deployed on Exercise Shamal Storm, Jordan 050416 CREDIT MOD
Land vehicles

British Army's FUCHS Fleet Set For £16m Upgrade

The fleet will be kitted out with the "latest generation" of sensing capabilities and will get an update of its training simulators.

FUCHS vehicle, part of Vanguard Enabling Group deployed on Exercise Shamal Storm, Jordan 050416 CREDIT MOD

The British Army's fleet of CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) surveillance and reconnaissance vehicles are to be upgraded and sustained as part of a new £16m contract.

The FUCHS is a six-wheeled, all-wheel drive, armoured vehicle equipped with automatic systems and sensors for detecting nuclear radiation, as well as CBRN agents and other toxic substances.

The fleet of nine vehicles is operated by the Warminster-based Falcon Squadron.

A training simulator will also be upgraded and sustained as part of the contract with Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land.

The contract was announced by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) - the procurement arm of the Ministry of Defence.

Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said: "With the military landscape rapidly changing, it has never been more important to develop our capabilities and continue to strive for innovation and adaptability.

"This impressive contract award is a strong and positive step to evolve our traditional equipment into nimble and ground-breaking technologies."

The vehicle – which can travel at speeds of up to 100km per hour – is operated by four personnel who are sealed in to protect them against hazardous environments.

WATCH: Forces News met Falcon Squadron and their FUCHS vehicles last year. 

The upgrade will see the fleet kitted out with the latest generation of sensing capabilities, DE&S said.

There will also be some planned safety modifications and the implementation of a new support contract, including technical support, maintenance and design services to extend the vehicles' planned service life.

The work will be carried out at Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land's facility in Telford, Shropshire. 

Cover image: Library photo of a British Army FUCHS vehicle on exercise in Jordan in 2016 (Picture: MOD).