Proposed outgrowth variants of Spähpanzer Luchs 8x8 reconnaissance vehicle?

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I've been trying in vain to assertain if there was proposed outgrowth variants of the by Daimler-Benz Spähpanzer Luchs 8x8 armoured reconnaissance vehicle?
I'm particularly interested as to the adoptability of the Spähpanzer Luchs turret ring size and if larger and heavier armaments were studied/proposed?

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yep, that's one of the things i aslo asked my self...don't know it it would fit (just a hypothesis) but a BMP-2 turret would look nice.....and in the end it would look like a BTR-90...
 

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The only variants I know of come from a short listing in Jane's Tank Recognition Guide:
Version proposed as Euromissile Roland SAM carrier.
APE amphibious engineer reconnaissance vehicle which was developed alongside Luchs but never put into production.

Connected were Thyssen Henschel's own TH200 (4x4), TH400 (6x6) and TH800 (8x8) chassis.
 

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Interesting..
So are you saying there is a family connection to the TH series with the Luchs?

I thought Luchs was Mercedes Benz, not TH.

I too have wondered why the Luchs did not see more development and variants.

EDIT: Nevermind..I see TH was involved in the Luchs too.
 

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The only variants I know of come from a short listing in Jane's Tank Recognition Guide:
Version proposed as Euromissile Roland SAM carrier.
APE amphibious engineer reconnaissance vehicle which was developed alongside Luchs but never put into production.

Connected were Thyssen Henschel's own TH200 (4x4), TH400 (6x6) and TH800 (8x8) chassis.
AFAIK, APE was based on 4-wheel version of TPz Fuchs.
 

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AFAIK, APE was based on 4-wheel version of TPz Fuchs.
Yes it is odd, that's what Jane's says, presumably they made an error?
Likewise how much Luchs DNA was in the TH series maybe open to question.

It is surprising that the hull wasn't used for more purposes, like an ATGW carrier for example. But then perhaps the existence of more multirole chassis like the Fuchs meant that there was little point in developing a specialised chassis for other uses.
 

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Was there a linkage with the Radpanzer 90 at all?

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