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The team led by American Rheinmetall Vehicles, which is to work out an offer for a variant of the Lynx KF41 armored personnel carrier and possibly take over production later, has been strengthened by a cooperation agreed with L3Harris. The Lynx KF41 is taking part in the competition for a new optionally manned combat vehicle (OMFV) in the USA. It's about replacing around 4,000 Bradleys.

The Army Futures Command is currently developing the military requirements with input from industry. After the call for tenders, five applicants are to be selected in the middle of the year, who should submit a digital draft of the future combat vehicle within 15 months.

In order to improve the chances in competition, Rheinmetall is setting up the "Team Lynx", which among others involves companies from the USA in the project. So far, the US Industry Team includes Raytheon Technologies and Textron Systems, along with other leading US defense companies. With L3Harris, a specialist for vehicle mission systems and cyber security solutions is now joining the team, which is to implement the open modular system approach (Modular Open System Architecture, MOSA) of the Lynx.

MOSA enables cross-platform and cross-domain equality of parts and subsystems to enable simple and inexpensive upgrades. The proven technologies and experience from the L3Harris programs and activities relating to the efforts of the US Army to develop modular, open system architectures for air and land platforms flow into the design approach.

The armored personnel carrier Lynx KF41, which has been known since 2018, is beginning to gain acceptance in the armaments market. In 2020, Hungary was the first country to order 218 Lynx. The first 46 vehicles are to be delivered by early 2023. In Australia, the Lynx KF41 is one of the two selected vehicles that will be subjected to a selection test by the end of 2021. In the Land 400 Phase 3 project, up to 450 tanks of different configurations are to be procured. 200 armored personnel carriers are to be procured in the Czech Republic. A decision announced for the beginning of 2021 is still pending. In Slovakia, the Lynx was the first vehicle to be presented at the market survey. The selection for the procurement of around 50 armored personnel carriers is expected by the end of 2021.

Gerhard Heiming