Rheinmetall has completed testing of Soucy composite rubber tracks (CRTs) on the Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The trials showcased that the IFV could use both steel and composite rubber tracks.

Rheinmetall managing director Gary Stewart said that the latest demonstrations confirm flexible configurations of the vehicle.

During the demonstration trials, the vehicle was reconfigured from its base steel track system to the CRT.

Following its operation on the CRT system, the IFV returned to the base Steel Track configuration.

Stewart said: “The Rheinmetall Lynx IFV has the modularity and flexibility to be operated with both types of track systems, allowing armies to configure the vehicle to meet the operational need.

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“This ensures the Lynx IFV can support the benefits of either system.

“In tomorrow’s battlefield, flexibility is key to match vehicle capability to the required threat environment. Lynx with its design for modularity is able to be configured to meet that emergent environment.”

Incorporating CRT as a track option on the Lynx vehicle expands the IFV’s ability against changing threat scenarios.

By equipping the CRT onto the Lynx, the platform can be configured for a ‘lighter all up weight’ to enable easier air transportation and to reduce overall running costs throughout the vehicles’ service life.

Stewart added: “Both track systems have their advantages and while it is for the end-user to determine whether a steel or composite rubber track is most appropriate, the flexibility of the Lynx design to be configured with either provides the greatest flexibility to defence.”

Rheinmetall Defence developed the Lynx KF41 (Kettenfahrzeug 41) next-generation tracked IFV for global defence customers.

It is the larger variant of the Lynx combat vehicle family and can be configured as IFV, command and control (C2) vehicle, armoured personnel carrier (APC), ambulance, armoured reconnaissance vehicle, MEDEVAC platform, and repair and recovery vehicle.