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Rhienmetall Landsysteme Spahpanzer Luchs (Lynx) 8x8 Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (1975)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 7/18/2013

The Luchs 8x8 armored vehicle replaced several outgoing breeds when it arrived in service with the West German Army in 1975.

The Luchs 8x8 Reconnaissance Vehicle provides the German Army with an all-terrain amphibious reconnaissance vehicle. Amphibious capability is provided through two propellers located in the rear of the hull. Power-assisted steering allows the driver to turn all eight wheels. Original Luchs vehicles were equipped with standard Infra-red night vision for all crew members. Later models were adapted to use thermal imaging night vision instead. The turret is fully powered, has full 360 degree rotation and can be operated manually in the event that the powered system malfunctions or is destroyed. Elevation and depression of the barrel is +69/-15 respectively. The Luchs 8x8 reconnaissance vehicles are now being replaced by the Fennek 4x4 reconnaissance vehicles for frontline service in the German Army.

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Specifications for the
Rhienmetall Landsysteme Spahpanzer Luchs (Lynx)
8x8 Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle

Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Rhienmetall Landsysteme GmbH, Kassel, Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1975
Production: 500

Focus Model: Rhienmetall Landsysteme Spahpanzer Luchs (Lynx)
Crew: 4

Overall Length: 20.34ft (6.20m)
Width: 9.78ft (2.98m)
Height: 6.82ft (2.08m)
Weight: 22.0 US Short Tons (20,000kg; 44,092lbs)

Powerplant: 1 x Daimler-Benz OM403A 10-cylinder 90 degree V-4 diesel engine generating 390 horsepower at 2,500rpm.

Maximum Speed: 56mph (90 km/h)
Maximum Range: 454 miles (730 km)

NBC Protection: Yes
Nightvision: Yes - Passive for all crew members

1 x 20mm main gun
1 x 7.62mm machine gun
2 x 4 smoke grenade dischargers

375 x 20mm ammunition
100 x 7.62mm ammunition
8 x smoke grenades

Luchs A1 - Upgraded communications equipment

Luchs A2 - Added Thermal Vision Equipment