Offering LYNX IFV with LANCE Turret
Rheinmetall announced on 8 march that the company has submitted a bid for the Australian Land 400 Phase 3 requirement – the Mounted Close Combat Capability vehicle.
The company is offering the LYNX infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) equipped with the LANCE turret, the LYNX Manoeuvre Support Vehicle (MSV), a growing supply chain, continued development of the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland and a comprehensive support and training system.
“LYNX established a vehicle system with unmatched levels of survivability, mobility, lethality, knowledge and growth that will excel in close combat operations,” the company stated, pointing out that both LYNX IFV and MSV variants have been designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Australian Army as well as those of NATO member nations.
The vehicle’s modular architecture also delivers significant cost benefits, drawing on Rheinmetall’s expertise and extensive development of contemporary combat vehicles. This results in a system that requires only two LYNX base vehicle configurations to achieve the nine roles sought under the Australian Army’s request for tender. It also covers the four additional roles sought in the request for information, including mortar, logistics and protected amphibious variants.
LYNX provides protection against the full spectrum of threats including blast, IED, direct and indirect fire, cluster munitions and anti-tank guided missiles. With enhanced lethality and the mobility of a main battle tank, LYNX will enable the army to cope with the complex nature of warfighting in diverse environments and against a range of adaptive threats.
“The significant protected volume within the LYNX vehicle is unmatched in this class and ensures the three crew and a minimum of six dismounts can conduct effective close combat operations, while providing unrivalled growth and flexibility for the future,” commented Rheinmetall’s Global Head of Vehicle Systems, Ben Hudson. “The Australian Army deserves an Infantry Fighting Vehicle that will ensure their soldiers can fight, survive and win on the modern battlefield [….] If selected for Land 400 Phase 3, the LYNX will provide the Australian Army with a future-proof vehicle solution that can rapidly transition into service and be easily supported through life.”
The Rheinmetall LANCE turret is already contracted to be delivered to the Australian Army under Land 400 Phase 2 and will be manufactured in Brisbane for the domestic and export markets. The digital LANCE turret provides the crew with sensor systems, advanced automatic tracking and targeting capabilities and an integrated battle management function, all in a connected and digitally enabled platform. This common electronic architecture provides enhanced combat effectiveness for the crew, generating a range of scalable and precise effects to deal with threats on the current and future battlefield.
Rheinmetall is creating an enduring Australian capability with the construction of the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) near Brisbane. By the time Land 400 Phase 3 is contracted, MILVEHCOE and its supporting national military vehicle industry network of Australian suppliers will be qualified for all of the common systems and components required for the Rheinmetall LYNX and LANCE solution.
“The Australian Army will benefit from the LYNX IFV that will be designed, built and supported from the MILVEHCOE, with an expanded Australia-wide military vehicle industrial network [….] This national approach will directly reduce the total cost of ownership for Defence, create long term highly skilled regional jobs, and deliver enduring economic benefit through a strong sovereign military vehicle industry,” commented Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Managing Director, Gary Stewart.
Components and designs already incorporated into the LYNX platform are supplied from companies located around Australia, like Supashock in Adelaide, Cablex in Melbourne, Bisalloy Steels in Wollongong, and Milspec Manufacturing in Albury. Ongoing investment by Rheinmetall in research and product development directly contributes to Australian LYNX and LANCE designs and foundation technologies. Coupled with targeted global opportunities, this creates new export orders for Australian industry.