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Lynx KF41

Germany expected to promote the new infantry fighting vehicles on the international arms market in the near term. One of the key regional markets for the Lynx is Australia. A lot of countries are now trying to create new, protected vehicles capable of transporting the infantry and supporting it with fire. Some developments of this kind are immodestly called representatives of the new generation. It is under such slogans that the German company Rheinmetall Defense promotes its new infantry fighting vehicle.

Rheinmetall Defense offered a new KF41 (Kettenfahrzeug 41), developed from KF31 Lynx. KF41 made its debut at the Eurosatory defense exhibition, France last June 2018. At Eurosatory 2018 Rheinmetall presents its new Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to the international public for the first time. Highly survivable, adaptable to diverse environments, extremely agile, hard hitting, and with huge payload reserves, the Lynx KF41 is a next generation combat vehicle designed to confront the challenges of the future battlefield like no other.

The Lynx KF41 is more than just a new, highly advanced vehicle: it is the ultimate future-proof platform, blending unsurpassed protection with massive firepower and unbeatable mobility in a uniquely modular concept. The new technology should work effectively in conditions of full-scale and local conflicts. It is necessary to provide protection against modern weapons and take a number of other measures. It is claimed that the finished armored car, created on the basis of these requirements, in its vitality, adaptability and capabilities, surpasses any other existing technology of its class. Moreover, no one has yet shown such a level of basic characteristics and capabilities.

The project uses already known and well-developed solutions, but some new ideas are also applied. In particular, an armored body is used, standard for the BMP configuration with the front location of the power compartment, the control compartment behind it and a large assault landing compartment. It is curious that the remotely controlled combat module mounted on the roof occupied a certain volume inside the habitable compartment.

The presented sample of the Lynx KF41 was equipped with a remotely controlled combat module Lance 2.0. This product is a full-sized automated tower with cannon-machine-gun weapons, a missile complex and a set of opto-electronic means. The tower is equipped with an external protective casing of a characteristic shape, formed by a multitude of intersecting surfaces. The dome of the tower is complemented by a long casing of the gun, which functions as a mask. Part of the module's units is located inside the armored vehicle. They are inside a large cylindrical casing.

The main weapon of the Lance 2.0 product is an automatic cannon of a compatible type. Declared the possibility of using weaponscaliber to 35 mm. The fire control system allows the use of tools with programmers and projectiles with programmable undermining. It is expected that this will expand the range of tasks to be accomplished. The prototype received a 35-mm gun of the Wotan 35 type with an electric drive of the automatics.

On one installation with a gun, it is proposed to mount a coupled machine gun Rheinmetall RMG 7.62, equipped with a rotating block of three barrels of 7.62 mm caliber. The design of the combat module provides circular guidance horizontally and vertically within a wide sector that allows attacking air targets.

"Lynx" has a body of a rather simple shape. His front is formed by several panels, installed at different angles to each other. The upper frontal part is distinguished by its large size and the corresponding inclination. Vertical boards with small inclined sections are used, which form developed niches. The roof is installed horizontally. The bottom of the shell has an "anti-mine" V-shaped cross-section. The stern got a couple of large side cases, between which is a hatch for landing inside.

The body of the machine is welded from sheets of armored steel. On top of them are installed combined protection modules, including metal and ceramic elements. Given the current threats, the roof was reinforced. To protect against explosive devices a double bottom is used. Designers at Rheinmetall abandoned the idea of modular hinged armor, changing the level of protection. In their opinion, the car should always carry all its armor. Protection corresponds to the 5 level standard STANAG 4569 and withstands the hit of a 25-mm sub-caliber projectile when firing from 500 m or 10-kg mine under the bottom.

In the front compartment of the hull is placed a diesel engine of the brand Liebherr, developing a capacity of 1140 hp. It connects to the Allison X300 automatic transmission, giving torque to the front drive wheels. High engine power must compensate for the large mass of the machine. For comparison, the lighter BMP type KF31 is equipped with a 750-horsepower engine. The hull design allows placing several fuel tanks with a total capacity of at least 700 liters. The main tanks are placed in the aft compartments of the sides, the reserve tanks in the engine compartment.

The KF41 is fitted with the latest Lance 2.0 turret, armed with the Wotan 35 dual-feed cannon, which fires standard 35x228mm ammunition. The KF41 hull is much longer and heavier than KF31, weighing up to 44 tonnes, compared to 35 tons of KF31. This excess weight is to improve the protection system and space volume. KF41 uses a 1,140 hp diesel engine that replaces the KF 31 engine with 750 hp.

On each side there are six small-diameter support rollers with rubber bands installed on the individual torsion bar suspension. Some rollers are equipped with additional shock absorbers. A lightweight steel caterpillar is used. The Australian company Supashock was attracted to develop the running gear, which created some new units.

The KF31 is manned by 3 people plus 6 troops, while the KF41 is manned by three people plus eight troops. The KF41 design is modular so that it can be easily converted into various variants such as troop transport (APC), infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), command & control vehicles (C & C), repair & recovery vehicles, escort vehicles, to ambulance types. Thus all equipment is executed in the form of quick-change modules. The complete re-equipment of the car takes only 8 hours. It is expected that this will save on the operation of equipment of different purposes and will become a competitive advantage.

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Raytheon Company and Rheinmetall Defence have joined forces to meet the U.S. Army's requirement for the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle-Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program. The global industry team will offer the new Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle paired with Raytheon weapons, sensors and system integration expertise to provide the Army with an advanced, modular, survivable and lethal solution with unmatched growth potential.

The NGCV is expected to replace the Bradley fighting vehicle. Scheduled for fielding in 2026, the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle will be optimized for urban combat and rural terrain. The Army has named the NGCV as a top modernization priority supported under the service's new Futures Command structure.

"We fully understand the Army's need to quickly modernize its aging family of combat vehicles. Our team offers a fresh, innovative approach, not business as usual," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "Raytheon will equip the new Lynx with the world's most advanced technology to deliver a modern fighting vehicle that will keep U.S. soldiers far ahead of battlefield threats for decades to come."

Raytheon technology earmarked for the Lynx could include advanced variants of Raytheon weapons, next-generation thermal sights, the Coyote unmanned aircraft system and the company's Active Protection System. Like those systems, the vehicle will be made in America.

Rheinmetall unveiled the latest version of the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle earlier this year. The new, tracked, armored vehicle is designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield, with a focus on growth capacity and lower life-cycle costs.

The Lynx IFV will provide the Army a next-generation lethal, powerful, lifesaving and adaptable fighting vehicle that represents true leap ahead capability compared to legacy vehicles. The Lynx can also be adapted to enable optional manning features, such as remote operation of the vehicle and Lance turret.

"Rheinmetall and Raytheon have worked together successfully for many years on numerous programs," said Ben Hudson, global head of Rheinmetall's Vehicle Systems division. "We are once again combining the best of German and American engineering to provide the U.S. Army with a step change in capability, giving soldiers the overmatch advantage they expect and deserve. Production of the Lynx in the U.S. will enable additional development and sustainment of the world-class American defense industrial base."

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