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Also Known As: Kettenfahrzeug 41
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Description: The Lynx is a new tracked, modular, heavy armored combat system developed by Rheinmetall Defence and intended as the foundation of a vehicle family. Agile, hard-hitting and highly protected, this 40-ton class armored vehicle is destined to dominate the modern battlefield, lending itself to operations from peace enforcement to high-intensity combat. Four core capabilities define the Lynx: firepower, force protection, situational awareness and mobility. The vehicle has been designed with hunter-killer capability and even killer-killer with both commander and gunner engaging targets independently. The Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) was unveiled at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris on June 14, 2016.
The Lynx engine is mounted in the forward section to offer a higher degree of protection along with modular armor kits. The basic protection is designed against anti-tank weapons, medium caliber ammunition, artillery shrapnel, IEDs and bomblets. A spall liner protects the crew inside the Lynx along with mine and IED protection packages, decoupled seats and an optional hard kill Active Defence System (ADS). The commander and gunner have access to stabilized electro-optical sight system including IR, TV sensors, laser rangefinder and fire control computer delivering automatic target detection and tracking. The troops inside the vehicle are provided with a 360-degree panoramic view using displays. Besides, situational awareness is further enhanced with laser warning sensors and the Acoustic Sniper Locating System (ASLS).
The Lynx KF41, Kettenfahrzeug or Tracked Vehicle in German, features the manned Lance turret armed with a stabilized airburst-capable automatic 35mm cannon or alternatively a 30mm cannon capable of engaging targets at ranges of up to 3,000 meters while on the move. The crew comprises three men (driver, gunner and commander) and carries eight fully equipped infantrymen in the rear compartment. Besides, the Lynx can be equipped with an anti-tank missile launcher and a secondary weapon station linked both the vehicle's electro-optical sensors. The KF41 vehicle chassis can be configured for command & control (C2), armored reconnaissance, repair & recovery and ambulance roles.
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