Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Photo courtesy Rheinmetall
PARIS, June 14 (UPI) — Rheinmetall unveiled its new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle on Tuesday at the Eurosatory 2016 exhibition in the French capital.
The Lynx comes in two tracked variants, which can be configured for command and control, armored reconnaissance, repair and recovery, and ambulance operations.
The first is the Lynx KF31 that can seat six soldiers in addition to its three-person crew. The other is the KF41, which can carry eight passengers.
“Lynx is an advanced new modular family of vehicles that offers our customers the highest levels of survivability, mobility, lethality and capacity while utilizing proven technologies to deliver a compelling value proposition for our global customers,” Ben Hudson, Head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division. “Lynx delivers the capabilities that will allow our customers to fight, survive and win on the battlefields of today and tomorrow.”
The Lynx features a Rheinmetall LANCE turret armed with a stabilized, externally powered, airburst-capable automatic cannon — in either 30mm or 35mm — for engaging targets as much as 3,280 yards distant. The vehicles can also be armed with an anti-tank guided missile launcher and a secondary weapon station linked to the main optics.
With the diesel engine mounted in the forward section and a modular armor concept, the vehicle architecture offers a high degree of protection.
The commander and gunner have access to a stabilized electro-optical sight system, a digital TV-IR optical system with an integrated laser range finder and fire control computer.
Rheinmetall said the Lynx can handle gradients of up to 60 degrees and lateral inclines of more than 30 degrees.
Lynx Family of Tracked Armoured Vehicles
The Lynx is a family of tracked armored vehicles developed by Rheinmetall Landsysteme (part of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems division). The Lynx, in infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration, was unveiled publicly at the Eurosatory defence exhibition on June 14, 2016.
According to Rheinmetall, the Lynx family of tracked armored vehicles is at the forefront of a new trend in IFV design toward armored vehicles with lower unit and through-life costs and reduced complexity. One of the key principles of the Lynx concept is the integration of proven sub-systems with high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to reduce development time, cost and technical risk.
The feature at the heart of the Lynx design concept is the separation and modularity of the vehicle into two primary parts: the basic vehicle and specialist mission and role equipment.
Specific variants will be built around a common hull and common mobility assemblies and protection components, to which role and mission-specific equipment will be added on an as required basis.
This design approach combines the functional, cost and through life advantages of a modular structure, and the weight, space and cost advantages of an integral hull design.
The vehicle’s ballistic armor is designed to protect the Lynx from anti-tank weapons, medium-calibre ammunition, artillery shrapnel, and bomblets. The interior is fitted with a spall liner to protect the entire crew, while the vehicle also mounts decoupled seats in addition to mine and IED protection packages.
The heating, cooling and nuclear, biological and chemical filtration system is combined in an environmental control system stowed in the left sponson in front of the cooling system. Air ducts lead to the floor and to an air duct interface on the top end of the Basic Vehicle hull.
The Lynx family of tracked armored vehicles comes in two tracked variants that can be configured for command and control, armored reconnaissance, repair and recovery, or ambulance operations in addition to the standard infantry fighting vehicle configuration.
KF31 (Kettenfahrzeug 31)
This model, displayed at Eurosatory 2016, has a gross vehicle weight of between 30 and 38 tonnes, can carry a crew of 3, and up to 6 dismounts. Powered by a 750hp (563kW) engine, the vehicle can reach a top speed of 65km/h. It is currently being marketed to Australia for their LAND 400 Phase 3 program.
KF41 (Kettenfahrzeug 41)
The larger model, it has a gross vehicle weight of up to 44 tonnes, is 7.7 meters long, and can carry a crew of 3 plus 8 dismounts. It is powered by a larger 1,050hp (800kW) engine, and has a top speed of 70km/h.
|Place of origin|
|Designer||Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH|
|Manufacturer||Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH|
|Weight||30 to 40+ tonnes|
|Length||Up to 7.73 m|
|Height||3.3 m (turret top)|
|Crew||3 + 6/8|
|Armor||Steel armor with various applique|
|Co-axial 7.62 mm light machine gun and smoke grenade launchers|
|Engine||750hp (563kW)/1,050hp (800kW)|
|Suspension||Swing arms with torsion bars and shock-absorbers|
|Speed||65 km/h/70 km/h|