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AUSA 2019: Rheinmetall Addressing US Army Key Modernisation Priorities

Autonomous Vehicles, 130mm Main Gun, Suite of Enhanced Lethality Technologies

At this year’s AUSA in Washington, DC, Rheinmetall will be showcasing a wide array of next-generation lethal technologies that address many of the US Army’s top modernisation priorities. These include the next-generation combat vehicle, individual soldier lethality, long-range precision fires and a synthetic training environment for cross-functional team.

Robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and net-centrism are already changing the face of the future battlefield. Rheinmetall is a recognised global leader in developing solutions for this next-generation battlefield, including combat and tactical vehicle solutions with advanced autonomous, robotic and remote operations capabilities. At AUSA, Rheinmetall will unveil its proposed solution for the US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle – Light (RCV-L) program, the WIESEL WIGMAN concept, which combines a fully digitized Rheinmetall WIESEL platform with the autonomous operational capabilities of the Rheinmetall MISSION MASTER unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to develop an advanced, lethal robotic combat vehicle platform.

Increased lethality, airburst technology and networkability are all hallmarks of future weapons systems. At AUSA 2019, Rheinmetall will display its prototype for a future main battle tank primary armament, a 130mm smoothbore gun, which represents ‘leap ahead’ advances in main gun lethality. Visitors to the Rheinmetall stand can also learn about the Group’s innovative, expansive 40mm ammunition family of munitions, including the latest airburst and fire control technologies. Rheinmetall uniquely possesses the ability to develop fuze, munition and programming solutions in a single integrated system. The company will also showcase its large calibre tank and artillery solutions, including those it can offer to the US Army’s highest modernisation priority of long range precision fires.

In the ongoing campaign to digitize the modern military, Rheinmetall is leveraging its systems expertise, setting particularly high standards for soldier systems, sensors, effectors, networking and C4I systems. For example, Rheinmetall Defence continues to expand its lead in the world of soldier systems, with solutions such as the GLADIUS 2.0 and the ARGUS New Generation. At AUSA, Rheinmetall will also highlight the company’s expertise in the field of simulation technology, with the LYNX Turret simulator. American Rheinmetall Systems will showcase a series of advanced fire control solutions, the MK93 advanced weapons mount and other next generation soldier systems.

Visitors to AUSA can also visit a full digital display of the LYNX IFV platform being offered to the US Army in the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme on the Raytheon booth. Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, a recently-established joint venture, is offering the next generation LYNX IFV to the US Army. The vehicle was recently one of two down-selected by the Australian Army in its Land 400 Phase 3 programme, and represents the only true, next-generation IFV currently available to global customers.

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