The German arms manufacturer, the Rheinmetall concern, demonstrated tests of the Lynx KF41 heavy infantry fighting vehicle with an integrated module of the Israeli SPIKE ATGM, yes, the same one that Ukraine will never get. This is happening as part of the further promotion of this latest IFV to the market, in particular to the American market, where Rheinmetall, together with Raytheon, are trying to push the Lynx as a replacement for the Bradley BMP in the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle program.
The development of the Lynx BMP family was started in 2015. First, at the Eurosatory 2016 exhibition, the KF31 model, weighing 35-38 tons, was presented. Two years later at the same event, the public saw a heavier KF41, the weight of which is 50 tons, almost as in the main tank. On the other hand, Lynx was created as a maximally protected IFV.
Like other families of combat vehicles, the Lynx comes in various configurations, including command, medical evacuation, engineering, and more. Combat options include infantry support vehicles and tank destroyers, self-propelled mortars, and even a Lynx 120 light tank armed with a 120 mm gun.
Currently, the only contract for the supply of Lynx KF41 is concluded with Hungary, which will receive 218 BMPs, and 46 machines will be produced in Germany and delivered to the customer in 2023, but the last 172 Lynx will be assembled already in Hungary, at the factory in Zalaegerszeg. Among the ordered configurations are an infantry fighting vehicle with a 35-mm automatic cannon, a self-propelled 120-mm mortar, medical vehicles, and anti-drone HELs with SkyRanger 30 or SkyRanger 35 modules.
Among other things, Rheinmetall is negotiating with the Australian government (a potential contract for 450 machines), the Czech Republic, Greece, and Iraq and, as previously written, is trying to enter the US market.
Weight – from 34 to 50 tons
Length – from 7.22 to 7.73 m
Width 3–3.6 m
Height – 3.3 m
Сrew – 3 people
Landing – 6 or 8 people
Armour – steel armour with various appliques, the details are not disclosed
Armament – Lance turret (KF31) with 30 mm Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM or 35 mm Wotan 35 or Lance 2.0 turret (KF41) with 35 mm Rheinmetall Wotan 35 autocannon
Secondary armament – co-axial 7.62 mm light machine gun, smoke grenade launchers, and optional Spike LR2 ATGMs or UAV launchers
Engine – a Liebherr diesel engine
Power – 750 hp. (563 kW) or 1140 hp. (850 kW)
Operational range – 500 km
Maximum speed – 65–70 km/h