Rheinmetall, a supplier of military vehicles, has announced the build and export contract of a Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) test chassis to the USA from its factory in Queensland, Australia. Gary Stewart, managing director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia, said the contract was the first of its kind and provided design and manufacturing export work both for the Rheinmetall team and its growing Australian Industry network.
“This is a landmark for Rheinmetall and Australia with the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle test chassis to be manufactured at the state-of-the-art Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank, Queensland and importantly, contributes to the Federal Government’s objectives as set out in the Australian Defence Export Strategy, stated Stewart.
“The Australian manufactured Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle Chassis is a test rig destined for Rheinmetall’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) campaign to showcase advanced automotive capabilities in the Lynx platform,” he added.
Stewart confirmed that the Lynx vehicle export order will be delivered to Rheinmetall in the United States, supporting the business’s worldwide activities currently underway in the OMFV competition and the US Department of Defense’s Bradley fighting vehicle replacement programme. He also stated that the new test vehicle “will demonstrate advanced features of mobility.”