RAGNAROK and GLADIUS 2.0 Also On Display
With its LYNX KF41 a leading contender for the Czech IFV renewal programme, Rheinmetall has the vehicle front and centre during IDET 2021 in Brno this week.
Rheinmetall is offering the LYNX as a brand-new, Czech-made IFV for the modern battlefield. Designed for maximum modularity, lethality and survivability, it has already been selected by Hungary and is in the running for programmes in Australia and the US. The company’s best and final offer for the Czech programme has a strong focus on local production, in cooperation with local partners, giving the vehicle a true Czech DNA and helping to strengthen Czech sovereignty and importance as a NATO military partner.
The Main Sensor-Slaved Armament (MSSA) RCWS is installed on the LYNX’s turret roof, equipped with a machinegun or a 40mm grenade launcher. Its high elevation capability makes it adept at engaging the kind of teargets most likely to be encountered in urban combat environments.
The MK30-2/ABM automatic cannon is the latest addition to the company’s combat-proven family of 30mm weapon systems. It fires standard NATO ammunition and is compatible with airburst ammunition. Rheinmetall was the first to introduce programmability in the 30mm domain. An optimum combination of a high rate of fire and modern ammunition makes this powerful main armament a formidable battlefield asset in the LYNX, PUMA, MARDER AND BOXER families.
The VINGTAQS II is a long-range surveillance, observation and reconnaissance system, which accurately determines target coordinates at long ranges. It can be integrated at low cost into a wide variety of vehicles and accommodates instrumentation for laser-designated targeting.
Featuring systematic FE analysis, lightweight design and high-strength materials, Rheinmetall’s 120mm RAGNAROK turntable-mounted mortar weighs just 310kg and features a maximum range of 8km, using specifically-developed rounds.
Also on prominent show during IDET will be Rheinmetall’s 30, 40, 120 and 155mm ranges of ammunition and the version of the GLADIUS 2.0 soldier system the German Army will use when it assumes responsibility for NATO’s spearhead VJTF in 2023.
“Our range of innovative battlefield solutions ensures that armed forces are ready for the full spectrum of modern combat,” commented Oliver Mittelsdorf, SVP Sales at Rheinmetall. “The LYNX’s participation in the Czech Republic’s ongoing IFV tender is a once-in-a-generation chance for the Czech Republic to join the global family of Rheinmetall technology users. Along with unbeatable capabilities for the modern battlefield, choosing the LYNX will also open exciting opportunities for Czech businesses thanks to our emphasis on local production and industrial cooperation.”
Rheinmetall’s presence at IDET follows a ‘LYNX Day’ held by the company in Kopřivnice in September, where current and potential Czech suppliers were familiarised with the processes and requirements for becoming a Rheinmetall supplier. Over 15 companies attended the event, where the Czech IFV programme, as well as international opportunities, were discussed. Rheinmetall has already established a strong network of Czech partners, meaning that selecting the LYNX will bring major economic benefits, including new jobs, to the Czech Republic. By joining the company’s global supply chain, Czech manufacturers could also be integrated into production processes for the other Rheinmetall products on display at IDET and operated by customers around the world.