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Rheinmetall to upgrade Dutch military’s ARV fleet

The global defence contractor has won a contract to deliver a new imaging system designed to enhance ARV gun accuracy.

The global defence contractor has won a contract to deliver a new imaging system designed to enhance ARV gun accuracy.

Rheinmetall Electronics has been tapped to equip the Dutch military’s Fennek wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicle with a new gun carriage-adaptable aiming device — the Lafettenadaptierbares Zielgerät 400 (LaZ400).

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The LaZ400, which will replace the existing thermal imaging system, is expected to enhance the Fennek’s reconnaissance and target engagement capabilities.

The new system, to be mounted on the vehicle’s 1530-type gun carriage, leverages a colour daylight sensor, thermal imaging sensor and laser rangefinder.

As part of the €36 million ($57.7 million) contract, the prime will deliver 246 devices through to 2027 from the Rheinmetall Electronics plant in Ismaning, Bavaria.

This latest contract comes just a week after the US Army awarded American Rheinmetall Vehicles a developmental contract for the phase two digital design of its optionally manned fighting vehicle (OMFV) program.

American Rheinmetall Vehicles will work alongside a group of industry partners, including Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Textron Systems and Allison Transmission to design the OMFV, which is expected to replace nearly 3,800 Bradley Fighting Vehicles among the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams.

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Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is set to be used as the point of departure for the design, which will feature a modular open systems architecture.

This is expected to enable rapid insertion of new capabilities as they become available, supporting current and future overmatch.

[Related: US Army down-selects Rheinmetall’s OMFV concept]

Rheinmetall to upgrade Dutch military’s ARV fleet
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