L3 Harris Technologies and American Rheinmetall Vehicles (ARV) have signed an agreement to jointly develop the US Army’s new Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), which is destined to replace the service’s BRADLEY IFV fleet. The agreement combines L3Harris’ open system design and equipment manufacturing leadership with the maturity and modularity of the ARV LYNX next-generation fighting vehicle, for an OMFV offering that is low-risk and easily upgradable.

ARV, as prime contractor, selected L3Harris to provide vehicle mission systems, cybersecurity and its modular open systems approach (MOSA) for the LYNX. L3Harris’ MOSA can enable cross-platform and cross-domain commonality of parts and subsystems, to allow for easy and affordable upgrades. “We have a long history providing similar support to multiple platforms using our MOSA approach for mission systems and electronic warfare,” said James Gear, VP, L3Harris Domestic Business Development. “We look forward to working with American Rheinmetall Vehicles to further expand into the ground defense vehicle market.”

[L3Harris’] experience in open architecture, communications, and cybersecurity bring tremendous capability to the American Rheinmetall Vehicles team as we prepare our digitally-engineered OMFV to provide our soldiers overmatch now and for the future,” added Mathew Warnick, ARV’s Managing Director.

The design approach is grounded in the reuse of technologies and lessons from the family of L3Harris programmes and engagements around the Army’s modular open aviation and ground endeavours.

The two companies’ complementary skills and experience offer a truly integrated, modular open systems approach to the ambitious OMFV project. (Image: Rheinmetall)

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