Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence have formed a joint venture to offer the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle to the US Army.

Known as Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, the JV entity will bid for the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) contract.

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems will propose the Lynx platform in the competition, which seeks to replace the army’s ageing M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet.

The army is expected to field the new OMFV in 2026. The next-generation combat vehicle will be designed to support urban combat and rural terrain.

The M2 Bradley replacement is part of the US Army’s modernisation efforts.

Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice-president Sam Deneke said: “This advanced combat vehicle will be made in America. Our team will produce and deliver a fighting vehicle to the US Army that protects our troops and gives them an overwhelming advantage on the battlefield.”

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Raytheon has teamed up with Rheinmetall in October last year to bid for the OMFV competition.

The Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle is to be built in the US and will feature Raytheon weapons and sensors, including the tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile, Active Protection System.

The tracked armoured vehicle will also be equipped with third-generation sights and a Coyote unmanned aircraft system.

Rheinmetall Vehicle Systems division global head Ben Hudson said: “By choosing Lynx, the army has an extraordinary opportunity to provide US troops with a fighting vehicle that will enable them to outmatch the threat for decades to come.”

Raytheon noted that the Lynx platform will have the potential for growth capacity with future technology upgrades.

The latest version of Lynx was unveiled this year. The fighting vehicle can be equipped with optional manning features.