Ready and revolutionary

Raytheon Technologies, Rheinmetall offer Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Lynx Vehicle

Raytheon Technologies and Rheinmetall will offer an American-made Lynx vehicle to answer the U.S. Army’s call for an Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle. (Photo: Rheinmetall Defence)

Pat McCormack climbed in and out of U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicles thousands of times in his 21-year military career.

“I ate in it. I slept in it,” said McCormack, a former Bradley master gunner for the U.S. Army and now an employee at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. “It becomes your second home when you’re in a Bradley unit.”

He knows the vehicle well, which means he understands intimately the limitations of the design, which has roots going back decades.

Raytheon Technologies is working with the German firm Rheinmetall to offer a replacement for the aging Bradley. The existing Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle could serve as the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.

“We’re offering something that was designed specifically for the battlefield of the future,” said Brad Barnard, a director at Raytheon Missiles & Defense.

The design will incorporate Raytheon Technologies' innovative products into combat vehicles, including sights, sensors, fire-control systems and missiles. The Lynx, a prototype fighting vehicle built by Rheinmetall, will provide the foundation.

The vehicle is faster, smarter, more agile and better-armored than the Bradley.

Ready and Revolutionary
The Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle is a streamlined design with sensors and fighting power unmatched by any adversary. (Photo: Rheinmetall Defence)

Modularity is key

It’s not just an armored vehicle. It’s a system of subsystems.

Raytheon Technologies is “a proven systems integrator,” said McCormack. “We have a great track record for our individual systems that have been out there in combat, saving soldiers’ lives.”

Where the current Bradley now carries three crew members and six infantry, the Lynx has enough space for a full nine-man squad. That will allow the Army to move more soldiers with fewer vehicles, and will offer a platoon more tactical options. 

“Rheinmetall has the right approach, from the seats to the systems that protect the people in them,” McCormack said. 

Raytheon Technologies will install its Active Protection System in the Lynx, allowing it to intercept and shoot down rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles.

Part of being protected is situational awareness. The new vehicle features a 360-degree field of view.

The Bradley carries the 2nd GEN FLIR, but the Lynx will be equipped with next-generation thermal sights, offering enhanced range performance, resolution and image quality.

More firepower

The Lynx can carry up to four missiles, offering double the antitank missile capability than the existing Bradley. These same launchers can be used to launch other weapons or surveillance systems.

Raytheon Technologies is working on an upgraded TOW® missile to meet the Army’s requirement for an extended-range anti-tank guided missile. The company is improving the missile’s propulsion system, giving it greater distance and speed.

Other Raytheon Technologies' products earmarked for the Lynx include the Coyote® unmanned aircraft system, which is equipped with special software that enables several to work together by flying in a swarm. Some collect information, while others identify and attack ground targets. The Coyote UAS is also an effective counter-drone technology.

Like those systems, the new vehicle will be made in the U.S.

As the U.S. continues to strengthen its coalition partnerships, it will increasingly find itself on the field alongside its allies.

“We start rolling out 35-, 40-year-old Bradleys against a modern, peer-armored threat and M1s are going to take the brunt of it,” McCormack said. “With Lynx, it really puts the maneuver force in a position to employ revolutionary capabilities, instead of trying to figure out how to get the old ones to work.”

Introducing the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Published On: 09/27/2018