US Army: L3Harris, Rheinmetall join hands to develop new fighting vehicle


Rheinmetall Lynx: US defence giant L3Harris Technologies and German integrated technology group Rheinmetall’s U.S. subsidiary American Rheinmetall Vehicles have signed an agreement to jointly develop the U.S. Army’s new Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), which will replace the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Rheinmetall said on Wednesday.

The agreement combines L3Harris’ open system design and equipment manufacturing leadership with the maturity and modularity of American Rheinmetall Vehicles’ Lynx next-generation fighting vehicle for an OMFV offering that is low-risk and easily upgradable.

American Rheinmetall Vehicles, the prime contractor, selected L3Harris to provide vehicle mission systems, cyber security and its modular open systems approach (MOSA) for the Lynx.

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According to the German company, L3Harris’ MOSA can enable cross-platform and cross-domain commonality of parts and subsystems to allow for easy and affordable upgrades.

“We have a long history of providing similar support to multiple platforms using our MOSA approach for mission systems and electronic warfare,” said James Gear, Vice President, L3Harris Domestic Business Development.

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“We look forward to working with American Rheinmetall Vehicles to further expand into the ground defense vehicle market,” James Gear said in a statement sent to Defence Star.

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US Army Rheinmetall L3Harris Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Rheinmetall’s Lynx IFV.

Mathew Warnick, Managing Director for American Rheinmetall Vehicles, said the L3Harris’ experience in open architecture, communications, and cyber security brings tremendous capability to the American Rheinmetall Vehicles team as the company prepares its digitally engineered OMFV to provide the soldiers overmatch now and for the future.

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The design approach is grounded in the reuse of technologies and lessons from the family of L3Harris programs and engagements around the Army’s modular open aviation and ground endeavors, said the German defence giant.

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