On June 15th, 2004, during the EUROSATORY exhibition in Paris, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and FNSS signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the licensed production of the Fennek vehicle in Turkey.
KMW is the leading system company in Europe for armoured tracked and wheeled vehicles. FNSS is the leading company in Turkey for the armoured combat vehicles.
The parties anticipate that Turkish Land Forces Command have a requirement for a modern Tactical Wheeled Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle and some other variants for which Fennek may be a well suited platform.
Key features of the advanced Fennek family are:
-- Superior mobility with comparatively high protection for the crew;
--High reconnaissance capabilities during day and night;
--Weapon control under armour;
-- Independent missions possible up to five days.
At this moment the total order book for the Fennek stands at 616 vehicles, in seven different variants for the Dutch and German armies. The delivery of the first Fennek took place in July 2003.
The cooperation represents both parties commitment to provide complementary strengths in technology and market presence and combined business will create new opportunities in different markets.
Both parties are looking toward other areas of future cooperation.