In an Australian first, Germany-based military vehicle specialist Rheinmetall has unveiled the Lynx combat support vehicle (CSV) at an event at its military vehicle center of excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland.
The Lynx CSV is based on a version of the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), with which the company has already secured export successes, including a 218-vehicle contract with Hungary.
“The Lynx CSV was designed by Australian engineers and manufactured at MILVEHCOE using Australian steel and our industry network of more than 100 partners,” Rheinmetall managing director Gary Stewart said.
The commonality between the Lynx CSV and Lynx IFV provides efficiencies and ease of use for armed forces around the world, the company noted, adding that the two variants expand the Lynx family of vehicles and provide options for up to ten variants thanks to Lynx’s modular design.
Stewart said the Lynx CSV featured additional onboard fuel capacity to support refueling other vehicles in the field; a roof top mounted crane capable of lifting more than five tons, allowing it to pull other vehicles utilizing the crane, interchangeable power pack; and excavation attachments including a clam shell bucket and rock breaker.
The modular remote weapon station can be configured with a range of weapons and ammunition from 7.62mm, 12.7mm up to 40mm grenade.
“The Lynx CSV is a game-changer for armies and would enable soldiers to complete a range of missions while fully protected. With the CSV, soldiers can perform recovery, repair, maneuver support and support logistics using a vehicle with similarities to the existing Lynx IFV.”
“The Lynx CSV will be positioned for export from Australia to allied armed forces,” Stewart concluded.