Rheinmetall has showcased its next generation Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at the on-going Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris for the first time.
The Lynx KF41 family of vehicles utilise a common drive module and a mission kit arrangement to allow any base vehicle to be configured as an IFV, an armoured personnel carrier, a command vehicle, a recovery vehicle or an ambulance, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Changing from one configuration to another can occur within eight hours. This system provides significant total lifecycle cost savings due to base vehicle commonality, allowing customers to adjust force structures or develop new capabilities in an affordable and timely manner, claims Rheinmetall.
Enhancing the vehicle’s flexibility, the sub-systems of the Lynx KF41 are modular and adaptable. The Lynx KF41 features a digital backbone with a generic open architecture that allows integration of new mission systems, while the entire survivability system is modular and upgradable to allow the vehicle to cope with adaptive threats faced on the battlefield. Different survivability kits are available for peacekeeping situations, counter-insurgency operations in urban terrain, and mounted combat against a peer.
The Lynx KF41 features the latest generation of propulsion technology with an 850 kW (1140hp) Liebherr engine and a Renk transmission. A flexible suspension system has been developed by Supashock, an Australian company, meaning the Lynx can be configured to carry various mission kits and survivability packages without compromising mobility. When configured for mounted combat operations with the Lance 2.0 turret and a survivability package suitable for peer-on-peer combat, the Lynx KF41 weighs approximately 44 tonnes. In this configuration it has a power-to-weight ratio of 26 hp/t, while still leaving up to six tonnes of reserve payload.
The modular survivability systems of the Lynx provide flexibility for customers to cope with the wide variety of threats faced across the spectrum of conflict. The ballistic and mine protection packages can be easily exchanged, even in the field if needed, while the full spectrum of threats have been taken into account, including roof protection against cluster munitions. The Lynx KF41 with Lance 2.0 has been designed not only for passive and reactive systems, but also for an active protection system to defeat rocket-propelled grenades and antitank guided missiles.
The Lance 2.0 turret is the next generation of the in-service Lance family and has been developed to improve its suitability for an IFV. The Lance 2.0 features enhanced protection for critical subsystems against kinetic and fragmentation threats, improving system survivability during close combat.
The next enhancement is the integration of the new Wotan 35 electrically driven cannon that fires Rheinmetall’s 35x228mm ammunition family. The Lance 2.0 has two flexible mission pods fitted to the left and right of the turret that allow installation of a variety of sub-systems to give the turret a specialist capability. Examples of customer-selectable mission pods include dual Rafael Spike LR2 ATGMs, non-line of sight strike loitering munitions, UAVs or an electronic warfare package.
Rheinmetall has won a contract to supply latest generation of its Skyshield air defense technology to an Asian nation worth over €100 million. Production of the systems is already under way
Rheinmetall has received an order worth €100 million from an Asian nation to supply it with advanced air defence technology. In a competitive bidding process, Rheinmetall Air Defence won the order to supply the customer with the latest generation of its Skyshield systems
Rheinmetall is offering Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to the Czech armed forces modernization programme, which includes procurement of over 200 new medium-weight fighting vehicles to replace the fleet of BMP-2 IFVs. During comparative trials in Vyskov last summer, Rheinmetall entered the lists with a Lynx equipped with the Lance turret
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Rheinmetall has won a contract worth over €43 million to modernize part of the British militarys fleet of logistic vehicles with a new loading system. According to the company press release, a total of 382 retrofit kits for the Enhanced Pallet Loading System, or EPLS, will be supplied and integrated into the tried-and-tested HX trucks of British Armed Forces
The Canadian Armed Forces have exercised options under the Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) to procure an additional 1,256 Rheinmetall Argus soldier systems worth CAD22 million (€14.3 million)
Rheinmetall has won an agreement to supply new military trucks and modules to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the LAND 121 Phase 5B program. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) will deliver more than 1000 high mobility logistics trucks and more than 800 modules to the ADF under the new program, which is an extension of the current LAND 121 Phase 3B Project
Germanys procurement authority, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support, has awarded Rheinmetall a contract to supply a lightweight, assault rifle-mounted laser light package for the German Army. Worth around €5 million, the order encompasses the manufacture and delivery of 1,745 laser light package sets for the Bundeswehrs Special Forces Assault Rifle (“Sturmgewehr Spezialkräfte Bundeswehr, leicht”)
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