Ready and revolutionary

Team Lynx offers an American-made Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Lynx Vehicle

As members of Team Lynx, Raytheon Technologies and American Rheinmetall Vehicles 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 American Rheinmetall Vehicles to offer a replacement for the aging Bradley. The Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle is designed to address threats on the current and future battlefields.

Lynx will be Americanized for the Army’s Next-Generation Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, called OMFV.  “We’re offering something that was designed specifically for the battlefield of the future,” said Brad Barnard, director of OMFV at Raytheon Missiles & Defense.

The U.S. Lynx will include advanced technologies such as a counter-unmanned aircraft system, anti-tank weaponry, active protection system and a sighting system that can see through smoke, rain, snow and fog beyond enemy range.

“The vehicle will be faster, smarter, more agile and more survivable than the Bradley Fighting Vehicle that I worked with,” McCormack said.

The Lynx will be a superior infantry-fighting vehicle. (Photo: Rheinmetall Defence)
The Lynx would be built in the U.S., creating jobs and expanding the industrial base. (Photo: Rheinmetall Defence)

Vehicle Growth

Team Lynx is evolving its OMFV offering to address the Army's highest priorities with a combat-ready solution.  

The Lynx will include an active protection system, 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.

More firepower

Raytheon Technologies is working on an upgraded tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided 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 for the Lynx may include the Coyote UAS, 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 the Bradley is going to take the brunt of it,” McCormack said. “With our Lynx-based OMFV offering, 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.”

Published On: 09/27/2018