On Friday 21st July, British specialist vehicle manufacturer Jankel Armouring Ltd joined many other military and security organisations and institutions for Belgium’s National Day where the new FOX RRV was paraded.
In a press release the company stated: “The national holiday… commemorates Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg, who in 1831 swore allegiance to the new Belgian constitution, resulting in him becoming the nation’s first monarch and the start of the independent state of Belgium. The day is to be celebrated with a range of activities, including a military parade and presentations from the Belgian Police, Fire Service, Army and The Red Cross.
“Jankel has a close relationship with the Belgian Armed Forces and are under contract to supply them with a fleet of FOX Rapid Reaction Vehicles (RRV); one of which will feature in the parade. This recent procurement by the Belgium Special Forces of over a 100 Jankel FOX RRVs saw the Belgium Defence Minister, Steven Vandeput comment that the vehicles ‘allow the Belgian Army to enter the 21st century’.
“The FOX fleet brings together Toyota’s expertise in automotive technology and reliability, with Jankel’s military protection and upgraded terrain performance. Speaking on behalf of the company about the parade, Jankel Managing Director Mike Mullen said, ‘We’re honoured to have our vehicle showcased in the prestigious parade past the Royal Palace on their National Day. It really is a fantastic event and we’re proud to be able to support the emergency and military services in Belgium’.”
According to the manufacturer “the Jankel FOX RRV has been designed with enhanced weight carrying capacity, internal CH-47 air transportability and increased off-road agility to push the boundaries of payload, mobility and performance”. FOX is a sibling of the Jankel AL THALAB (The Fox in Arabic) Long Range Patrol Vehicle developed initially for Jordanian Special Operations Forces, which the BBC claims has been used by UK Special Forces in Syria.