04 Oct 2019

Raytheon, Rheinmetall form JV for US Army combat vehicle competition

Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence have established a joint venture to offer the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle for the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition.

The US-based joint venture is called Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems LLC, with the two companies joined forces in 2018 to offer Lynx for the Army’s OMFV competition.

Scheduled for fielding in 2026, the OMFV is expected to replace the Bradley fighting vehicle. The new vehicle will be optimised for urban combat and rural terrain. The Army has named the OMFV as a top modernisation priority supported under the service’s Futures Command structure.

“This advanced combat vehicle will be made in America,” said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “Our team will produce and deliver a fighting vehicle to the US Army that protects our troops and gives them an overwhelming advantage on the battlefield.”

Lynx is a next-generation, tracked armoured fighting vehicle designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield. Lynx provides ample growth capacity to support new technologies over the vehicle’s lifetime, and features lower life-cycle costs.

Ben Hudson, Global Head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems division, said: “By choosing Lynx, the Army has an extraordinary opportunity to provide US troops with a fighting vehicle that will enable them to outmatch the threat for decades to come.”

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