American Rheinmetall Vehicles (ARV) and Textron Systems have formed Team Lynx to offer a new variant of the German company’s LYNX KF41 for the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme, the companies announced on 20 October.

The industry team will consist of multiple leading US defence companies, including Raytheon Technologies. Textron Systems will be a vital member of the team, bringing with it exceptional land systems technology development and production capabilities developed over decades as a major combat platform provider to the US armed forces. ARV will lead Team Lynx in offering the US Army a next-generation solution for the OMFV programme that features a mature, game-changing platform with a purposeful, future-proof modular design that will assure overmatch, not just today but for decades to come.

This teaming agreement brings together two of the world’s leading providers of defence 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,” explained Matt Warnick, Managing Director at ARV.

Textron Systems’ Slidell, Louisiana vehicle production facility has supported more than 15 armored vehicle programmes of record supporting over 20 countries,” added Senior VP Henry Finneral. “We stand ready to support the team and the US Army and deliver a trusted platform for the future.”

The US variant of the LYNX KF41 will redefine the modern battlefield and enable the US Army to satisfy its number two modernisation priority, a next-generation combat vehicle with superb protection, mobility, growth, and lethality that will sustain overmatch for decades. The vehicle’s modular open systems architecture (MOSA), coupled with substantial growth potential in power, weight and volume, will enable the American LYNX KF41 variant to confront the challenges of the future battlefield like no other.

The variant offered for the US Army’s OMFV requirements will be substantially based on the LYNX KF41 fighting vehicle. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

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