Black Fox fires on all cylinders - Indo14-Day3

07 November 2014

South Korean company Doosan DST (Hall A, Stand A010) has already supplied Indonesia with 18 of its Black Fox armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) in the 6x6 configuration under the local name of Tarantula.

These vehicles are fitted with the Belgian CMI Defence two-person power-operated turret armed with a 90mm gun and 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG) for use in the direct-fire role.

Black Fox is being marketed in 6x6 and 8x8 configurations, with the latter having more volume and payload to enable it to undertake a wider range of battlefield missions.

In addition to having all-wheel drive, the Black Fox features all-wheel steering, with the 6x6 model having a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 18 tonnes and the 8x8 model a GVW of up to 24 tonnes. Both vehicles are powered by a Cummins 400hp turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission.

When used in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) role, Black Fox can be fitted with a variety of weapons such as protected or remote-control weapon stations typically armed with a .50 M2 HB MG. More specialised versions include an armoured recovery vehicle (ARV), an armoured command vehicle (ACV), and an armoured ambulance vehicle (AAV).

Black Fox features powered steering and is fully amphibious, being propelled in the water by two water jets, which are positioned one either side at the rear of the hull.

Doosan DST is currently in full production of the K21 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the South Korean Army. This is fitted with a two-person turret armed with a 40mm cannon and 7.62mm co-axial MG. This turret has also been proposed for installation on the Black Fox 8x8 platform.

To meet potential export requirements for a light tank, Doosan DST has teamed with Belgian company CMI Defence.

This is essentially the K21 hull fitted with the CMI Defence CT-CV turret, which has a crew of two and is armed with a 105mm gun fed by a bustle-mounted automatic loader. The turret has already undergone extensive trials on a wide range of other platforms and as well as firing conventional natures of ammunition, can fire a laser guided projectile.

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