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Rheinmetall, Textron pitch Lynx IFV for US Army’s optionally manned fighting vehicle

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Rheinmetall file photo of the conventional Lynx infantry fighting vehicle

American Rheinmetall Vehicles, a subsidiary of Germany-based Rheinmetall Defence, and Textron Systems are joining forces to offer the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle for the US Army’s optionally manned fighting vehicle (OMFV) program.

Rheinmetall is forming a US industry team that will consist of a number of US defense companies, including Raytheon Technologies, who are coming together as “Team Lynx.”

Textron Systems will be a vital member of the team, bringing with it land systems technology development and production capabilities.

The two companies made the announcement after the US Army released in July this year a draft request for proposals for the preliminary design phase of its recently re-launched Bradley fighting vehicle replacement program.

OMFV will serve as the Army’s infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) tasked to maneuver through the enemy’s disruption zone to deliver a decisive strike while manned or remote operated.

Rheinmetall said the US variant of the Lynx KF41 would redefine the modern battlefield and enable the US Army to satisfy its number two modernization priority, a next-generation combat vehicle with superb protection, mobility, growth, and lethality capabilities that will sustain overmatch for decades.

“This teaming agreement brings together two of the world’s leading providers of defense industry solutions in order to offer the US Army an OMFV that’s second to none. Textron Systems brings decades of experience in production with robotic capabilities that further enable our growing Team Lynx to provide a transformational product to the US Army,” said Matt Warnick, managing director at American Rheinmetall Vehicles.

The 38-ton Lynx is also available as a conventional manned IFV. Hungary recently became the first international customer for the vehicle with an order for the delivery of 218 units. Australia is also evaluating the Lynx as part of its LAND 400 Phase 3 program.