The new mechanised fire support variant of the Lynx KF41 was unveiled by Rheinmetall this week, designed to specialise in anti-tank tasks and provide overwhelming firepower.
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The new Lynx 120 mechanised fire support vehicle, a new variant of the Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), was unveiled to the public by Rheinmetall this week.
Armed with a 120mm smoothbore gun, a weapons system that was derived from the Leopard 2, as well as coaxial and .50 calibre machine guns, the vehicle was designed to provide additional fire support capabilities whilst on the battlefield.
According to the company, the new variant builds off of the KF41 chassis and is expected to enhance the operational capabilities of Lynx battle groups through its “plug-and-play” optionality, allowing the vehicle to be integrated with multiple off-the-shelf products in line with NATO requirements.
Such optionality extends to protective systems, enabling the vehicles to adapt to the specific needs of the battle space. This includes opportunities to integrate additional protection against ballistic and explosive threats such as the Rheinmetall Active Defence System.
Like other recent Lynx variants, the new system the new system similarly features 360-degree situational awareness technologies to enable automatic target detection.
The announcement comes just one month after American Rheinmetall Systems announced a multimillion-dollar investment in its strategic plan to support US Army combat vehicle modernisation priorities with advanced combat vehicle mission systems technologies.
The company plans to bolster its workforce across advanced engineering segments while also enhancing industrial capability to develop and deliver supporting technologies.
The investment aims to deliver next-generation situational awareness and fire control systems capability to the market, leveraging existing turret technologies in production for several Allied nations.
American Rheinmetall Systems is expected to position itself to support Rheinmetall affiliate American Rheinmetall Vehicles, currently performing in Phase 2 of the Army’s OMFV program, designed to find a replacement for the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.
The company is set to onboard new systems and software engineers to its Biddeford team, while also transferring base turret technology from Germany and the UK, and establishing systems integration capabilities within its facility.