08 Oct 2019

Textron Systems chosen to manufacture Lynx chassis

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, a joint venture of Raytheon Company and Rheinmetall Defence, has selected Textron Systems as the US chassis manufacturer for the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

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

The team of industry leaders is offering Lynx to meet the US Army’s requirement for an Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV).

Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president, said: “Building Lynx in America will support US manufacturing jobs and revitalize the nation’s defence industrial base.

“Textron Systems is an experienced manufacturer central to our strategy of leveraging a reliable US supply chain to deliver the world’s most advanced combat vehicle to the US Army.”

The company will support final integration during the development and prototyping phase of the program. In parallel, Textron Systems will prepare to build the Lynx chassis during future production phases. Textron Systems intends to perform the work at its Slidell, Louisiana, manufacturing facility.

The US Army’s OMFV, scheduled for fielding in 2026, is expected to replace the legacy Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Lisa Atherton, president and CEO of Textron Systems, said: “Textron Systems brings a decades-long heritage of supporting the US Department of Defense and its allies with highly reliable and capable combat vehicles to enhance mission outcomes.

“We are proud to be a part of the Lynx team and stand ready to support our teammates and our customer.”

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