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Rheinmetall revisits RH503 50 mm cannon as potential option for US OMFV

10 May 2019
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Rheinmetall is revisiting the RH503 50 mm cannon that it developed in the 1980s so that its KF41 Lynx can carry a 50 mm weapon as part of its bid for the US Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme.

Philipp Tomio, Rheinmetall's vice president and capture manager for OMFV, said on 9 May that the RH503 now fires a 50 mm round, greatly increasing its muzzle energy and lethality compared with a 35 mm weapon.

Rheinmetall is also spending much effort to ensure that the turret of the KF41 Lynx can accommodate a 50 mm cannon, said Tobias Baumart, vice president and capture manager for the Australian Land 400 requirement.

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