209 of the 218 new Lynx infantry fighting vehicles recently ordered by Hungary will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s StrikeShield hard-kill active protection system (APS). These APS will be supplied by Rheinmetall Protection Systems GmbH.

The order is worth over €140 million. The total cost of acquisition of 218 KF41 AFVs is estimated at around €2 billion. Hungary’s decision in favor of StrikeShield was driven by their commitment to taking part in demanding missions where modern anti-tank weapon systems present a dangerous threat to their own forces.

StrikeShield protects the vehicle from shaped charge warhead threats such as rockets or missiles by neutralizing incoming projectiles before they hit the platform itself. It is the third and latest generation of Rheinmetall’s acclaimed Active Defence System (ADS) technology, a specific variant of hard-kill APS. It is a distributed system whose sensors and countermeasures are integrated into the contours of the entire vehicle. According to the manufacturer, StrikeShield has the lowest emissions in the electromagnetic spectrum on the market, as well as the fastest reaction time in ambush and multi-hit situations.

The Hybrid Protection System to be integrated on the Hungarian KF41 Lynx is designed to match the vehicle’s outer armor. Each module has an outer armor that protects the sensor and energetic countermeasure module from small arms fire. Graphic: Rheinmetall
Rheinmetall will unveil at IDEX 2019 a hybrid Protection module that combines passive and active protection techniques to protect armored vehicles from anti-tank and ballistic threats. The outer protection layer, provides ballistic protection for the ADS components, against shell fragments, small arms fire, and other sources of mechanical stress. The energetic elements of the countermeasure (the one that deflects the threat by blast upon activation), are embedded in the outer side of this protection plate. The sensors associated with the ADS module are contained in the space between the hybrid module’s front and base plates. Photo: Rheinmetall

The StrikeShield APS modules will be mechanically integrated into hybrid armor tiles on the Lynx. Instead of conventional passive and reactive add-on armor modules, the platform will feature spaced passive armor tiles that incorporate the components of the APS between an outer ply and inner tiles mounted on the vehicle’s hull.

“We see huge benefits from hybrid designs”, declares Dr. Manfred Salk, CEO of Rheinmetall Protection Systems GmbH. “The effects that passive armor protects you from are standardized and well understood. Hybrid designs are different. They allow us to do a much better job of dealing with new effects and threats, such as residual energy from a disabled rocket hitting the vehicle and deflagrating. The combination of our passive and active technologies into hybrid systems, therefore, offer our customers unique benefits with regard to the protection capability, but also weight- and cost-efficiency.“

Rheinmetall Protection Systems GmbH is Rheinmetall’s center of excellence in survivability technologies, formed in 2019. The core of the product strategy is the hybridization of armor solutions, which provide the outlook to lighter and sensor-based survivability solutions for armored platforms.