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Lynx KF41

Germany

Lynx by Rheinmetall

Lynx KF41 Prototype
Unveiled / Entered Service
2016
Lynx KF31 Prototype
Status
In Service
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Introduction

The Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle is a 5th Generation modular IFV (mission model on drive module) that has been developed by and in production with the world leading German technology and defence contractor, Rheinmetall. The vehicle went from conception to production in just 5 years and accepted into service with Hungary, since when it has been developed into a family of variants.

Background

Rheinmetall has been jointly involved as a partner in the development and production of several tracked and wheeled fighting vehicles for many years. Their smoothbore gun technology has spanned across the world for over 40 years.

In the last 15 years, the company has sought and purchased defence technologies company to cover all aspects required to solely develop and manufacturer new fighting vehicles.

In the last 10+ years a significant number of countries in Europe, North America and the Pacific region have been seeking replacements for ageing M113, BMP-1 and Bradley fighting vehicles. Identifying this requirement, Rheinmetall started development of a new IFV in 2015:

  • 2015 – Design and styling
  • 2016 – Testing of the vehicle
  • 2016 – June, KF31 unveiled at Eurosatory
  • 2017 – Customer demonstration
  • 2017 – June, finalisation of larger KF41 completed
  • 2017 – August, production of KF41 begins
  • 2018 – Spring, testing of the KF41
  • 2018 – June, KF41 unveiled at Eurosatory
  • 2018 – October, KF41 begins a world tour to show potential clients until 2019

 

Rhienmetall has since expanded its production capabilities for the Lynx Family, opening a new manufacturing facility near Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, which is the first country to purchase the KF41.

Firepower

Both the KF31 and KF41 have been pictured with at least four different manned and unmanned turrets:

1. Lance Manned Turret – Initially during promotional work, the Lynx featured a Rheinmetall 2 man Lance turret covered in a stealth looking sloped housing with a dual Spike-LR ATGM launcher.

The Lance Turret is armed with the MK30-2 / ABM, 30mm chain gun. This has a duel feed capability and 200 ready to fire rounds are located in the turret (100 AP & 100 HE).

It has the latest state-of-the-art, fully digital fire control system with a 360 degree Commanders Independent Sight in addition to the Gunners Sight. This gives the vehicle a “Hunter Killer Capability”. Both sights have a day and thermal channel, with an integrated laser range finder.

The 30x173mm ammunition is stored outside of the crew compartment of the turret for added protection. The turret can be fitted with modular armour for enhanced protection.

2. Lance RC – Whilst in Australia (or at least painted in Australian Army camo) it was photographed with the Lance Unmanned turret (Lance RC).

3. Unknown – This was followed up with another turret, this time featuring the gunners sight on the right side of the main gun with roof mounted hard kill active protection system.

4. Lance 2.0 – The most recent turret, this no longer features any stealth housing and has seen the original 30mm chain gun replaced with the Wotan 35 chain gun and can fire Rheinmetalls complete range of 35x228mm ammunition. The new turret is completely modular and allows the potential operator to select the mission equipment they want, such as Spike-LR ATGMs, non-line of sight strike loitering munitions, UAVs or an electronic warfare package.

Protection

The Lynx’s protection is staged, the first stage being Active Protection Systems (hard kill or soft kill based on operators requirements), then external modular armour components and finally internal layout features.

Both hard kill and soft kill systems have featured in promotional material to either engage incoming threats or mask the vehicle to enemy sights and laser designators.

The vehicle features external modular armour is capable of being uprated depending on the mission requirements. This also includes modular roof armour to protect against cluster type munitions.

Mobility

The KF41 features a 1140hp Liebherr engine, Renk transmission and torsion bar suspension. In addition to the mission models, the Lynx’s mobility has been future proofed and designed to accommodate an additional 6 tonnes of equipment, with no loss of mobility.

Variants and Marks

KF31 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The KF31 was the first model unveiled in 2016, it is manned by x3 crew (driver, commander and gunner) and transports x6 infantry.

KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The KF41 is the second model and was unveiled in 2018. It is an enlarged model with greater internal hull space and is manned by x3 crew (driver, commander and gunner) and transports x8 infantry.

Lynx 120 Fire Support

Based on the KF41 hull, this mission model features a manned turret similar in appearance to the KF51 turret, but features an unspecified Rhienmetall 120mm smoothbore main gun.

Skyranger 30 SPAAG

The Skyranger 30 is a turreted Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun system capable of engaging low flying targets like attack helicopters and drones.

Repair and Recovery

Mission module featuring the necessary equipment to recover and repair the Lynx family.

Armoured Personnel Carrier

At the concept stage. Similar mission module as the IFV, but lacks a medium calibre turret system.

Ambulance

At the concept stage. Similar to the APC version. Will feature the necessary space to perform basic triage and transportation of several stretchered infantryman.

Armoured Reconnaissance

KF41 with Puma turret as used on the Puma IFV.

 

Operators

In-Service

Hungary – The first export client of the KF41. A total of 218 vehicles have been ordered, as well as funding a development project to see if the Skyranger 30 SPAAG turret can be integrated into the Lynx. The first vehicle was handed over to Hungary was in October 2022. Production at the newly built Zalaegerszeg plant in Hungary began in 2023.

Under Consideration

Greece – The KF41 (potentially 250 vehicles) has been offered to Greece to replace either BMP-1 or many of the other APC/IFV they have in service.

USA – Rheinmetalls American division is working on the Lynx XM30, the companies submission for The XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle (MICV) program, which is seeking a replacement for the US Army’s M2 Bradley. As of 2024, its still at the development stage.

Failed Bids

Australia – After winning the Land 400 Phase II program with The Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, Rheinmetall submitted the KF41 for the Land 400 Phase III program, which was seeking a replacement for the army’s M113 APC fleet. The eventual winner of Phase III was the South Korean K21 aka AS21 Redback.

Czech Republic – The KF41 was offered to replace their BMP-2, but instead the CV90 MkIV was selected in 2023.

Slovakia – The KF41 was offered to replace BMP series vehicles, but instead the CV90 MkIV was selected in 2022.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
30 – 35mm Chain Gun
ATGM Capability
Spike-LR
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, Optional Remote Weapons Station with MG
Ammunition Storage
x200, 30mm
Engine
1140hp Liebherr
Transmission
Renk
Top Road Speed
?
Road Range
?
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
?
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
?
Gradient
?
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
N/A
Length Hull
?
Width
?
Height
?
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
44 tonne
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Modular
Active Protection Systems
soft_kill
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Driver
Infantry
6 – 8