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Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle

Luchs A2


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1975-1978
A1= 1980
A2= 1985
Manufactured by: Designed by Daimler-Benz but built by Rheinstahl Wehrtechnik (which later became Thyssen-Henschel, then Rheinmetall Landsysteme/General Dynamics Land Systems)
Crew: 4
Armament: Turret: 20mm Cannon; Anti-Aircraft: (1) 7.62mm MG3
Engine: 10 Cylinder Multi-Fuel Turbo
Miscellaneous Info: The Luchs was originally designed in the late 1960's at the same time as the Transporter 1 FuchsHowever, it did not go into production until the mid 1970's.  Two major upgrade programs were conducted to improve the performance of the Luchs and led to the A1 and A2 versions.  Although still considered amphibious, the A2 version is much heavier than the previous vehicles and are not utilized in that manner during peacetime operations. The Luchs soldiered on for many years and was just recently replaced by the Fennek Light Armored Recon Vehicle.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs A2 Armored Recon Vehicle Photos Massimo Foti

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Armored Recon Vehicle Information & Photos Army Guide.Com Website
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Armored Recon Vehicle Information & Photos Federation of American Scientists Website
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Armored Recon Vehicle Information & Photos Global Security.Com Website
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Armored Recon Vehicle Photos by Ulrich Wrede Prime Portal Website
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Armored Recon Vehicle Photos by Vladamir Yakubov Silicon Valley Scale Modelers Website

Printed

Reference Author
German Wheeled Fighting Vehicles (Concord Mini Colour Series #7504) Michael Jerchel
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher Foss
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (Armored Car Profile #1) David Haugh
Ve'hicules Blindes de Combat a Roues 8x8 (8x8 Wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicles) Youri Obraztsov
Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles: In Service B.T. White

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
'Luchs' Panzer 2 Reconnaissance Vehicle Model Kit (ROC453) Herpa MiniTanks (Roco) 1/87 Injection Molded Plastic
Luchs Armored Car KFOR Model Kit (ROC848) Herpa MiniTanks (Roco) 1/87 Injection Molded Plastic
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs A1/A2 Model Kit (3036) Revell of Germany 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs A2 SFOR Model Kit (3040) Revell of Germany 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Model Kit (3118) Revell of Germany 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Spahpanzer A1/A2 Luchs "2 in 1" Model Kit (2017) Takom 1/35 New-Tooled Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
German 20 mm Rh202 MK 20 DM6 Chain Gun Barrel (35-L165) Aber 1/35 Turned Aluminum or Brass. For Use with the Spahpanzer 2 Luchs.
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Mirrors (M357128) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 "Peel and Stick" Series; For Revell of Germany Kits
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Detail Set (35231) Eduard 1/35 Photo-Etched Parts; For Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Detail Set (36059) Eduard 1/35 Photo-Etched Parts; For Revell of Germany Kit 3036
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Detail Set (72039) ExtraTech 1/72 Photo-Etched Parts; For Revell of Germany Kit 3036
SpPz 2 "Luchs" (Late) Wheel Set (MT72159) ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin; For the Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs A1/A2 Detail Set (35103) MR Model 1/35 Multi-Media?; For Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs A1/A2 Wheel Set (35102) MR Model 1/35 Resin; For Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Early Wheel Set (35106) MR Model 1/35 Resin; For Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Bundeswehr Wheels/Tires (35138 ) MR Model 1/35 Resin; For Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer Luchs 2A1/A2 Dunlop Wheel Set (Circa 1984/85) (MR-35489) MR Model 1/35 Resin; For TAKOM Kit
Spahpanzer 2A2 Luchs KFOR Gun Barrel & Expedient Stowage Box Set (MR-35490) MR Model 1/35 Resin; For TAKOM Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Michelin Tire Set (35025 ) Real Model 1/35 Resin; For Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Continental Tire Set (35027) Real Model 1/35 Resin; For Revell of Germany Kit
Spahpanzer 2 Luchs Wheel Set (35008) Signifer 1/35 Resin; For Revell of Germany Kit
Modern German Spahpanzer 2 Luchs A1 Basic Detail Set (PE35781) Voyager Models 1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For the Takom Kit

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider