Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are partnering with Detroit company Pratt & Miller Defense for the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition.
Lynx IFV – Rheinmetall Defence image.
The Detroit-based company will provide engineering analysis to help ensure the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle meets or exceeds the Army’s survivability requirements for OMFV.
Raytheon OMFV director Brad Barnard said Pratt & Miller would bring extraordinary engineering experience and expertise to the team to make sure Lynx can withstand the battlefield’s harsh conditions.
“Our troops deserve the safest and most advanced combat vehicle possible, and that’s exactly what we will deliver,” Mr Barnard said.
In 2018, Raytheon and Rheinmetall joined forces to offer Lynx for the Army’s OMFV competition – and are expected to offer the same platform for the Australian Army’s M113 replacement project.
Lynx is a next-generation, tracked armored fighting vehicle designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield.
The team is providing an overmatch advantage for soldiers, growth capacity to support new technologies over the vehicle’s lifetime, and lower life-cycle costs.
If successful the American Lynx will be manufactured in the US by American workers.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles managing director Matt Warnick said Raytheon and Rheinmetall were assembling a US supply chain for Lynx.
“Partnering with Pratt & Miller brings us one step closer to building Lynx in the USA,” he said.
Raytheon technology earmarked for the Lynx includes the company’s advanced weapons, Active Protection System, next-generation thermal sights, the Coyote® unmanned aircraft system and more.
Scheduled for fielding in 2026, the OMFV is expected to replace the Bradley fighting vehicle.