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Last Friday, the American news portal Defense News published the message that the armored personnel Lynx offered by Rheinmetall and Raytheon was 41 excluded from the competition for the succession of Bradley fleet of the US Army.

However, the US Army was against Defense News this delivered no opinion.

Defense News referred in his report on "multiple sources" (multiple sources) and led further from that formal reasons to have led to exclusion. So the award procedure was provided in addition to the tender until October 1, 2019, the handover of a functioning vehicle to the US Army in the United States. That condition, the Rheinmetall-Raytheon team was not able to meet, according to Defense News, as Rheinmetall the necessary transport permits not have time to get. Thus, only General Dynamics Land Systems remain in OPTIONALLY Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition for the successor Bradley, the message. In the US media, a discussion arose whether it was purposeful to advance a defense project of this size without competition and with only a single remaining suppliers.

The editors of European security and technology is now an opinion on the facts of Rheinmetall with the following wording:

Rheinmetall and Raytheon have established early on in the team and for the OMFV program (OPTIONALLY Manned Fighting Vehicle) presented a compelling proposal from the US Army, which is based on the technologically Lynx armored personnel from Rheinmetall. With the establishment of a joint venture in the US and the recent recordings made by Textron as a competent manufacturing partner in the team Rheinmetall and Raytheon have demonstrated that they feel the objectives of OMFV program committed and contribute a significant contribution to its success want.

An offer for the OMFV program of the US Army of the Army by the joint venture, Raytheon, Rheinmetall Land Systems has been submitted on time on October 1 of 2019. Based on an existing vehicle, a sophisticated proposal was presented, which makes it possible to meet the ambitious test and evaluation plan of the army, while ensuring the integration of additional advanced technologies.

From the US Army Contracting Command and the US Army Command futures there is as yet no public statement about the current state of the now ongoing process of selection (Source Selection Evaluation).

Therefore, it is currently not possible for us to comment on the current status of the project.

Regardless of the run by Rheinmetall and Raytheon industry team feels more committed to OMFV program. In one of the most challenging projects of the Army Armament world, we rely on an open and vigorous competition to find a convincing solution in every way for the ambitious demands of the US forces in OMFV program.

Our team will continue to work closely with the US Army and the military procurers to make the Lynx one of the world's most powerful and modern military vehicles battle for US forces available.

Background OMFV competition

As a replacement for the approximately 4,700 located in use armored personnel Bradley, the US Army calls for a vehicle that can be manned as needed or used unmanned (OPTIONALLY manned). The vehicle is equipped with an active protection system. Weight and outer dimensions must allow the transportation in a C-17 Globe master.

Schedule and key demands

The original plan, the Bradley to replace starting in 2032 by the newly developed OMFV combat vehicle, was significantly accelerated in April 2018 by a decision of Mark Esper, the then Secretary of State responsible for the US Army and now appointed US Defense. In order to meet the new schedule Army reportedly plans to US procurement of a highly modified, market-available standard model, which has a mature chassis and a tower with re-integrating sensors (thermal imaging devices of the second generation). Taking the view that the US Army is currently no production-ready weapons seems feasible with a 50 mm gun, core demand of the armament is a 30 mm Bordkannonne. However, a realization plan for the subsequent integration of a 50-mm gun and thermal imaging devices of the third generation is required by the providers. Including spare parts and logistical support that has up to 3,590 combat vehicles OMFV comprehensive program a volume potential of 42 billion dollars.

Waldemar Geiger