Raytheon and Rheinmetall are partnering with Detroit-based Pratt & Miller Defense for the US Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition, the companies announced on 13 August. OMFV is expected to replace the BRADLEY infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) from 2026.

The newest team member will provide engineering analysis to help ensure the LYNX IFV meets or exceeds the Army's survivability requirements for OMFV. “Pratt & Miller brings extraordinary engineering experience and expertise to the team to make sure LYNX can withstand the battlefield's harsh conditions,” commented Raytheon OMFV Director, Brad Barnard. “Our troops deserve the safest and most advanced combat vehicle possible, and that's exactly what we will deliver.”

In 2018, Raytheon and Rheinmetall joined forces to offer LYNX for the competition. LYNX is a next-generation, tracked armoured fighting vehicle, designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield. The team is providing an overmatch advantage for soldiers, growth capacity to support new technologies over the vehicle's lifetime, and lower life-cycle costs. LYNX will be manufactured in the US by American workers.

Raytheon and Rheinmetall are assembling a US supply chain for LYNX,” explained American Rheinmetall Vehicles Managing Director, Matt Warnick. “Partnering with Pratt & Miller brings us one step closer to building LYNX in the USA.”

Raytheon technology earmarked for the LYNX includes the company's advanced weapons, an Active Protection System, next-generation thermal sights, the COYOTE unmanned aerial system (UAS) and more. Pratt & Miller will help confirm that LYNX is fit for purpose.

Pratt & Miller is proud to join the LYNX team and support the survivability analysis, ensuring the best technologies for unparalleled protection for our warfighters,” stated Pratt & Miller Defense Director, Celyn Evans.

Raytheon and Rheinmetall will offer a US-manufactured LYNX IFV to meet the US Army’s call for the OMFV requirement. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

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