Textron Systems has been chosen by Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems as the US chassis manufacturer for the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems is the joint venture (JV) established between Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence to offer the Lynx platform in the US Army’s next-generation combat vehicle competition.

The Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition seeks to replace the army’s M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet as part of the service’s modernisation efforts.

Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice-president Sam Deneke said: “Building Lynx in America will support US manufacturing jobs and revitalise the nation’s defence industrial base.

“Textron Systems is an experienced manufacturer central to our strategy of leveraging a reliable US supply chain to deliver the world’s most advanced combat vehicle to the US Army.”

The JV will tap Textron Systems’ expertise in hull fabrication, rolling chassis assembly, integration and testing.

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Textron Systems will provide final integration support to Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems during the OMFV programme’s development and prototyping phase.

The company will also prepare to manufacture the chassis during future production phases.

Work under the programme will be performed at Textron Systems’ manufacturing facility in Slidell, Louisiana, US.

Rheinmetall Vehicle Systems Division global head Ben Hudson said: “Together with Textron Systems, we will provide the Army with a next-generation combat vehicle that will protect troops and give them a significant advantage in battle.”

The US Army’s OMFV vehicle is scheduled for fielding in 2026.

Textron Systems president and CEO Lisa Atherton said: “Textron Systems brings a decades-long heritage of supporting the US Department of Defense and its allies with highly reliable and capable combat vehicles to enhance mission outcomes.”

The JV entity is positioning the Lynx tracked armoured fighting vehicle as a platform capable of meeting critical challenges of the future battlefield.

Raytheon will incorporate its weapons systems, Active Protection System, and advanced thermal sights.

The Lynx vehicle will also feature the Coyote unmanned aircraft system.