American Rheinmetall Vehicles
Next-gen vehicles for the U.S. Forces
American Rheinmetall Vehicles, LLC (ARV), headquartered in Sterling Heights, MI, is a part of Rheinmetall's Vehicle Systems division and not only specializes in the development of combat vehicle platforms that provide next-generation products to the U.S. Department of Defense and Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies, but also brings the global group’s portfolio of vehicle systems to the U.S. market.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles offers both tracked and wheeled combat vehicle platforms with associated sub-systems and works in conjunction with customer program offices to ensure its products meet specification and performance requirements for programs of interest. Among other efforts, it is engaged in supporting the U.S. Army in two particularly high priority modernization programs, the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program where the Lynx OMFV is being offered, and the Common Tactical Truck (CTT) program where the HX3-CTT is being offered.
Rheinmetall – a key player in the world of military vehicles
Systems & Products – Highlights
Lynx OMFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle
American Rheinmetall Vehicles is designing a new infantry fighting vehicle using Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 as the point of departure for their concept, which supports the U.S. Army’s modernization efforts being pursued through the Optionally-Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program. In order to accommodate the rapid growth associated with their offering, ARV has expanded their Michigan based operations and continues to build their team. Driven by strong and consistent growth, this early investment initiative demonstrates ARV’s commitment to the OMFV program and the U.S. Army.
Evolution of the Lynx
Rheinmetall’s Lynx next-generation combat vehicle has come a long way in less than five years' time. Starting from the drawing board, both KF31 and KF41 types were brought to life and travelled the world going through extensive trials along the way. Now, Hungary has become the launch customer ordering 218 vehicles after having signed a joint venture agreement with Rheinmetall. A strong signal to those eying the most advanced IFV to date.
Delivering for the U.S. Army’s Highest Modernization Priorities.
The fielding of a next-generation combat vehicle is a top priority for the U.S. Army. Maintaining overmatch and a competitive advantage against emerging threats is crucial. The Army’s OMFV program must deliver an IFV with overwhelming close combat capabilities that’s capable of operating in manned and unmanned modes. American Rheinmetall’s Lynx OMFV provides the most modern firepower, protection, mobility, and power generation capabilities available to ensure the Army can fight and win against any foe.
Relying on the most innovative and forward thinking approaches in the defense industry, the Lynx OMFV will offer the Army a next-generation IFV platform designed specifically to address future technology and battlefield challenges. The Lynx OMFV features a game-changing platform with a purposeful, future-proof modular design that allows it to deliver not just overmatch today, but remain positioned to ensure overmatch tomorrow as new technologies and battlefield doctrines emerge. The Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) of the Lynx OMFV along with substantial growth potential in power, weight and volume make the Lynx exceptionally well prepared to adapt to future modernization demands and to sustain overmatch for the U.S. Army for decades to come.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles’ Lynx offering will benefit from both the world-class combat vehicle engineering heritage found at Rheinmetall in Germany, and the extensive customization and improvements made by Team Lynx in the U.S. Led by American Rheinmetall Vehicles in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Team Lynx consists of a wide array of leading U.S. defense industry partners. The Lynx OMFV reflects a close working relationship with the U.S. Army as Team Lynx looks to not only deliver a revolutionary, American-made infantry-fighting vehicle, but to also bring new, advanced industrial capacity to the U.S. defense industrial base while continuously building a truly customer-focused, highly communicative partnership with the U.S. Army.
Rheinmetall's Lynx is the most advanced infantry fighting vehicle available to global defense customers. Its next-generation design and future focused modularity are already proving highly desirable by countries currently interested in modernizing their IFV fleets.
In September 2019, the
Australian Army down selected the Lynx KF41,
in variants that include the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the Lance turret and the Lynx Maneuver Support Vehicle (MSV) for further testing as part of its Land 400 program. The modularity of the Lynx KF41 also allows for additional reconfigurations of interest to the Australian Army including MEDEVAC, Armored Personnel Carrier, and Mission Command variants.
Rheinmetall and its partners in Australia are delivering prototypes now for testing and are highly confident that the excellence of the Lynx platform will lead to success in the competition and fielding of the Lynx by the Australian Army.
In September 2020,
NATO member Hungary became the launch customer
for the Lynx KF41 when they entered into a joint venture with Rheinmetall for Lynx production and a framework contract to deliver a total of 209 Lynx infantry fighting vehicles modified into an Hungarian specific configuration.
On 15 October 2022, Rheinmetall handed over the first Lynx to the Hungarian Defence Forces.
The Lynx KF41 will be delivered in seven variants including standard infantry fighting vehicles, command post, reconnaissance, joint fire observer, mortar carrier, field ambulance vehicles and driver training vehicles. The contract also includes additional Rheinmetall products and services such as simulators, training and instruction, plus an initial supply of spare parts as well as maintenance support.
Similar to the U.S. and Australia, the Hungarian Team Lynx will transition technology and work into Hungary and manufacture vehicles locally.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles knows that it is going to take the finest of the defense industry to develop and deliver a truly next-generation combat vehicle; that’s why they have assembled a team that can offer just that. Team Lynx consists of world leaders in defense technologies – Textron Systems, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Allison Transmission, and Anduril Industries – that bring advanced capabilities in combat vehicle design and production, mission and protection systems, manufacturing and robotics, and combat vehicle transmissions. Combined, Team Lynx offers complementary areas of expertise that are unique and unsurpassed. The collective members of Team Lynx have a deep understanding of the customer, and have developed and delivered advanced systems to the U.S. Army for decades; which has supported thousands of American jobs across the U.S. as a result.
Interested in joining Team Lynx?
If your company would like to join Team Lynx as a partner or supplier, please
contact us to connect with our leaders and discuss potential opportunities.
We look forward to working with you as we continue to define our team.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles, Textron Systems, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Allison Transmission, and Anduril Industries are digitally designing America’s next-generation infantry fighting vehicle.
Brochure "The foundation for the Lynx OMFV concept"
Further information on the Lynx – Move. Sense. Strike.
Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 has been used as the point of departure for various customer specific IFV designs:
The HX family of tactical trucks
Rheinmetall is a global leader in tactical military truck development and manufacturing with its HX family of trucks, which have been sold to 20 customers globally, including an active Allied user group consisting of Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Rheinmetall recently unveiled its HX3, the next-generation series of trucks with advances in power, mobility, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), an open systems architecture with pathways to hybrid technology incorporation, and leader follower driving and autonomous operations. The militarized HX3 series incorporates substantial commercial technologies reflecting Rheinmetall’s joint venture with MAN Truck & Bus which streamlines logistics and sustainment burdens and provides benefits in vehicle upgrades.
HX3 tactical truck series
HX3 Common Tactical Truck (HX3-CTT)
American Rheinmetall Vehicles and GM Defense are offering the U.S. Army the HX3-CTT, a derivative of the HX3, in response to the request for Prototype Proposals for the first phase of the Army’s Common Tactical Truck (CTT) program, issued in late June with an expected Contract Award in December of 2022. The program will enable the Army to replace legacy vehicles like the Palletized Load System (PLS), Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT), M915 Line Haul Tractor, and other platforms in the current heavy and medium tactical wheeled fleet. A truck with maximum commercial elements, able to perform military missions, and that can bring commonality amongst mission roles are top priorities for the Army in the program.
The HX3-CTT features Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are ubiquitous in keeping operators safe in today’s civilian environments and game changers in safety in the military environment including lane departure warning, adaptive speed controls and more that will become common and crucial on future battlefields. The HX3-CTT incorporates a new open systems electrical architecture that allows rapid integration of leader follower and autonomous capabilities that focus on protecting our most valuable combat asset – the soldier. An advanced, interchangeable protected cab design makes survivability for operators the ultimate premium.
The HX3-CTT is a new, next-generation variant of the globally successful HX family of military-off-the-shelf tactical trucks. It possesses an extremely high level of commonality and modularity across variants: cargo, load handling systems, tankers, and line haul tractors. With an HX family that can scale from 4x4 to 10x10, the HX can meet any military need. This common platform approach offers crucial benefits that enable a more reliable, more efficient, and ultimately, a more ready logistics truck fleet that can support the nation in crisis and in peace.
By leveraging commercial technologies from the global MAN product line, and those found in the GM Defense portfolio, the HX3-CTT will offer defense customers best-in-class advances in safety, fuel efficiency, and emissions reduction. Ruggedized for the stresses of military service, the HX family includes maximum commercial content that benefits from large, streamlined commercial supply chains as well as adoption of future modernized technologies for larger commercial fleets, but transferable more easily into an HX system. Leveraging commercial content helps reduce technological obsolescence while also lowering the costs of modernization, expanding parts availability, and reducing sustainment demands.
The HX family of trucks have been sold to 20 customers globally including an active Allied user group consisting of Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, creating common global supply chains, training opportunities and integrated operations among key allies operating around the world. If the Army adopts the next-generation HX3-CTT as their solution, soldiers will benefit from the newest, most advanced technology from day one from a truck already operated by key global partners. Such a scenario enables immediate global interoperability, a streamlined supply chain, modernization cost sharing, in addition to increased confidence among the U.S.’s most critical allies in an uncertain, unstable, and increasingly challenging security environment.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles and GM Defense formed a strategic collaboration to compete in the U.S. Army’s Common Tactical Truck (CTT) program. They bring together two world-class engineering and manufacturing giants in an effort to deliver a modern tactical truck prototype that enhances soldier capability through advanced technology. Rheinmetall brings its long standing experience and success in the global tactical truck market, represented by their proven family of HX tactical trucks, including the recently unveiled next-generation HX3 model. GM Defense brings to the team the ability to leverage world-class manufacturing, engineering, and advanced commercial technologies from its parent company, General Motors (GM). Together, they are a formidable team that can provide the U.S. Army with the enhanced capabilities required for CTT.
130 mm MBT gun
Rheinmetall’s 130 mm smoothbore technology for main battle tanks (MBT) embodies a significant lethality leap in times of more sophisticated protection systems and increasing threats. Combined with a state-of-the-art auto-loader, this system is the latest evolvement in Rheinmetall’s, MBT Advanced Technologies competence. Future tanknology for the win.
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American Rheinmetall Vehicles participates e.g. in the following events regularly:
- AUSA Global Force
- Ft. Benning Maneuver Conference