American Rheinmetall Vehicles has formed a strategic partnership with Anduril Industries for future cooperation within the US Army’s Optionally-Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles is one of the contenders in the army’s OMFV competition, and has built a US industry team that includes Textron Systems, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies and Allison Transmission, who are collectively known as “Team Lynx.”
Rheinmetall is offering the Lynx vehicle for the US Army’s next-generation infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) solution for the OMFV program.
Anduril, the newest member of the team, brings its experience in software development, mission autonomy, systems integration, and command and control, Rheinmetall said.
“The partnership with Anduril brings with it exceptional innovations in software development, command and control, sensor integration, and counter UAS systems for inclusion in our OMFV offering,” said Matt Warnick, managing director at American Rheinmetall Vehicles.
Anduril will support Team Lynx with customized command and control software for Lynx OMFV formations that enables collaborative formation maneuver, and collaborative detection.
“Software is at the core of the weapons and military systems of the future,” said Zach Mears, head of strategy, Anduril. “Anduril specializes in delivering advanced mission autonomy, enabling commanders and battle managers to command and control more lethal capability at the tactical edge. We are thrilled to join Team Lynx and will leverage our deep experience in artificial intelligence, mission autonomy, and sensor integration to significantly reduce the cognitive burden of the OMFV’s two soldier crew and provide them with next-generation tactical awareness, C2, and decisive lethality to dominate future battlefields.”
Rheinmetall said earlier that 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.
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.