UK-based Cook Defence Systems has been selected to provide tracks for Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles for the Australian Army as part of Rheinmetall’s bid for LAND 400 Phase 3.
CAPTION: Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Photo supplied.
Lynx is currently undergoing risk-mitigation trials in Australia after being shortlisted for Project LAND 400 Phase 3.
Cook Defence Systems is already supplying Rheinmetall with tracks for LYNX vehicles under construction for other customers and selected the Cook Defence Systems TR40 track for its lightweight, durability and reliability, for the Australian fleet.
Director of Cook Defence Systems William Cook said he was delighted to be working with Rheinmetall Defence Australia as part of its bid for LAND 400 Phase 3.
“Our proposed TR40 track will have a strong contribution from Australian industry thanks to our long-standing partnership with Mackay Rubber in Victoria,” Mr Cook said.
Mackay is already a major supplier to Cook Defence Systems for other programmes outside Australia.
Mackay’s track pads are made from an advanced rubber formulation, proven to provide world-leading durability in demanding environments.
Lynx will be displayed with the Cook Defence Systems track and Mackay Rubber pads at the Land Forces defence exhibition in Brisbane from 1 to 3 June – which organisers have confirmed will go ahead, despite the Queensland government banning anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days.
Being a strong defence-industry state and home to Land Forces organisers, the COVID-19 travel ban will affect many exhibitors, visitors and some event staff – but the show must go on, designated as an event of national significance.
EDITOR’S NOTE: CONTACT tries not to run press releases about ‘minor’ component parts of these vehicles in competition, unless there’s a good excuse. In this case, it was accompanied by the first photo we’ve seen of the Lynx with turret ‘in the wild’ in Australian camouflage pattern.