Raytheon and Rheinmetall have joined forces to compete in the US Army’s requirement for the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle-Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program.
CAPTION: Lynx IFV – Rheinmetall Defence photo.
The team will offer the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle paired with Raytheon weapons, sensors and system integration expertise to provide the Army with “an advanced, modular, survivable and lethal solution with unmatched growth potential”.
Raytheon Missile Systems president Taylor Lawrence said Raytheon fully understands the Army’s need to quickly modernise its ageing family of combat vehicles and teaming with Rheinmetall allowed them to offer a fresh, innovative approach – not business as usual.
“Raytheon will equip the new Lynx with the world’s most advanced technology to deliver a modern fighting vehicle that will keep US soldiers far ahead of battlefield threats for decades to come,” Dr Lawrence said.
“Raytheon technology earmarked for the Lynx could include advanced variants of Raytheon weapons, next-generation thermal sights, the Coyote® unmanned aircraft system and the company’s Active Protection System.
“Like those systems, the vehicle will be made in America.”
Rheinmetall unveiled the latest version of the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle earlier this year, saying the new, tracked, armored vehicle was designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield, with a focus on growth capacity and lower life-cycle costs.
Global head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems division Ben Hudson said Lynx IFV would provide the Army a next-generation lethal, powerful, lifesaving and adaptable fighting vehicle that represented a true leap-ahead capability compared to legacy vehicles.
“The Lynx can also be adapted to enable optional manning features, such as remote operation of the vehicle and Lance turret,” Mr Hudson said.
“Rheinmetall and Raytheon have worked together successfully for many years on numerous programs.
“We are once again combining the best of German and American engineering to provide the US Army with a step change in capability, giving soldiers the overmatch advantage they expect and deserve.
“Production of the Lynx in the US will enable additional development and sustainment of the world-class American defense industrial base.”
The winner of the NGCV program is expected to replace the Bradley fighting vehicle.