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Rheinmetall Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Award

Rheinmetall OMFV Lynx Digital Design Phase [© Rheinmetall]

American Rheinmetall Vehicle’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle concept has been down-selected for the US Army’s OMFV programme.


Press Release, Düsseldorf, 26 July 2021: The US Army has awarded American Rheinmetall Vehicles – a Sterling Heights, MI, US subsidiary of leading defence industry giant Rheinmetall – a developmental contract for the Phase 2 Digital Design of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme. American Rheinmetall Vehicles will execute Phase 2 with its teammates, a group of unsurpassed defence industry companies, including Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Textron Systems and Allison Transmission.

The US Army’s OMFV programme is a ground-modernisation effort to replace nearly 3,800 Bradley Fighting Vehicles among the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams. “This is a great win for American Rheinmetall Vehicles and Team Lynx as a whole,” said Matt Warnick, Managing Director of American Rheinmetall Vehicles. “With this contract award, we take another important step forward in bringing the kind of next-generation technology solution, partnership and industrial capability the US Army deserves and that Team Lynx is so well prepared to deliver for the OMFV programme.”

Team Lynx will work with the US Army on the digitally engineered design and development of the team’s OMFV concept using Rheinmetall’s proven Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) as the point of departure for the design. The team’s solution will provide the US Army with a next-generation infantry fighting vehicle featuring a game-changing platform with a modular open systems architecture. This will enable rapid insertion of new capabilities as they become available, guaranteeing overmatch today and overmatch tomorrow.

Variants of American Rheinmetall Vehicle’s Lynx KF41 IFV are advancing in multiple countries around the world. The Hungarian Army became the launch customer in 2020 with an order for 218 locally produced vehicles. In Australia, for the Land 400 Phase 3 programme, Rheinmetall was down selected along with one other combat vehicle manufacturer for a risk reduction test phase that involves extensive vehicle testing comprised of field trials, survivability and mobility testing. The KF41 performed to a high standard.

The Digital Design Phase kicks off the OMFV programme and continues through early 2023, laying the foundation for future development and production phases. Team Lynx is developing industrialisation plans to fully deliver the OMFV as a ‘Made in the USA’, next-generation vehicle. The team will grow US defence manufacturing capacity and introduce advanced manufacturing capabilities. Competition for Phase 3 (Detailed Design) is anticipated to start in 2023, followed by Phase 4 (Prototype Build and Test), which results in government testing in early 2026.

“We are incredibly proud at American Rheinmetall of the commitment we are making to the US Army, to Soldiers and to advanced American technology, design and production,” said Stephen Hedger, CEO at American Rheinmetall Defense, the US parent headquarters for Rheinmetall.

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US DoD Contract Notices, Washington, 26 July 2021:

  • American Rheinmetall Vehicles LLC…
  • BAE Systems Land and Armaments LP…
  • General Dynamics Land Systems Inc…
  • Oshkosh Defense LLC…
  • Point Blank Enterprises Inc…

[each] awarded a $26,600,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Phase 2 concept design. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. US Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan is the contracting activity. (Awarded July 23, 2021)

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