German Lynx AFVs Proposed to Replace Czech BMPs

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Lynx KF 31 Infantry Combat Vehicle from Rheinmetall Landsystems.

Rheinmetall is showcasing its new family of LYNX combat vehicles at the IDET 2017 in the Czech Republic city of Brno. Based on mature technologies and components the LYNX is positioned as an advanced, mid-weight armored vehicle designed to replace AFVs that are gradually being phased out, such as the BMP-1 and BMP-2 used by many of the Eastern European countries, including the Czech Republic.

Rheinmetall has already integrated Czech contractors – RayService and Quittner & Schmiek – into its production and supply chain for defense projects. In addition, the German group is seeking to expand cooperation with Czech enterprises in both the public and the private sector. Initial talks have already taken place and agreements reached with VOP CZ.

Developed by Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH, this combat vehicle family comes in two different versions: the KF 31 (on display at IDET) and KF 41. KF stands for “Kettenfahrzeug”, which is German for ‘tracked vehicle’; the number refers to the military weight class.

The KF 31 features a two-man LANCE turret armed with a medium-calibre, airburst-capable Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM machine cannon, which serves as the vehicle’s main armament and a twin launcher for the SPIKE anti-tank guided missile. Photo: Rheinmetall Landsysteme