Textron Systems will again partner with Rheinmetall and Raytheon on their bid to build the US Army’s M2 Bradley replacement fleet, according to a 20 October announcement.
first reported in May that American Rheinmetall Vehicles, a subsidiary of Germany-based Rheinmetall Defence, and Raytheon would offer a new variant of the Lynx KF41 for the army’s revamped Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition. As with the previous competition, the two companies will produce the vehicle at Textron Systems’ Slidell, Louisiana facility if the army selects the team.
“This teaming agreement brings together two of the world’s leading providers of defense industry solutions in order to offer the US Army an OMFV that’s second to none,” Matt Warnick, Managing Director at American Rheinmetall Vehicles, said in a statement. “Textron Systems brings decades of experience in production with robotic capabilities that further enable our growing ‘Team Lynx’ to provide a transformational product to the US Army.”
In May, Warnick told
the team’s OMFV proposal would not be the Lynx in its “current form” and it would instead be “revised and evolved” based on the final request for proposals (RFP) due towards the end of the year.
“[Lynx] is a great starting point given its next-generation attributes to meet the specific US Army requirements,” he added.
Raytheon and Rheinmetall showcased the Lynx IFV at AUSA 2018 in Washington, DC. The team is planning to modify the vehicle prototype for the US Army’s new OMFV competition. (Janes/Patrick Allen)