A digitally-engineered Lynx will connect multiple points of model data into one database or single source of truth.
“This will give the customer an accurate depiction of the vehicle,” Barnard said. “Building a design in a virtual environment ultimately gives the soldier what they need to succeed on the battlefield.”
Team Lynx will incorporate soldier feedback and try it in a virtual testbed, then, if it works, make that part of the physical design.
“We have successfully applied digital engineering to augment extensive soldier touchpoints on other programs,” Barnard said. “Using the same approach in a fighting vehicle not only helps us build efficiently, it gives our soldiers an advantage.”
A virtual crew member
The new OMFV will have a crew of two, with an AI-powered virtual third crew member and the ability to use infantry squad members, when mounted. Automating systems reduces cognitive load on the crew and offers effectiveness with fewer soldiers, freeing up space.
“When we build in a virtual environment, we increase the soldier’s ability to defeat battlefield threats,” Milner said.
The concept design phase kicks off the OMFV program and continues through early 2023, laying the foundation for future development and production phases.
The Lynx will be made in the United States using advanced manufacturing capabilities. Phase 3 (detailed design) is expected to start in 2023, followed by Phase 4 (prototype build and test) and then government testing in early 2026.
The Army plans to field the OMFV in 2029.