U.S. Army Considers German-Built Armored Combat Vehicle, With U.S. Sensors and Embedded Computing

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June 18, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: June 18 on

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is pursuing a new armored combat vehicle able to launch attack drones, carry longer-range, tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles, fire a 50-mm cannon, and operate “optionally-manned” technology, according to initial requirements outlined by service weapons developers. 

The effort is currently on the fast track; many industry teams are already offering vehicles, and the timeline has been accelerated by nearly a decade. The Army plans to have a combat-ready operational vehicle by 2026.

Three of the major teams competing to build the vehicle include General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, and a U.S.-German team of Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence NGCV called the Lynx. The Lynx represents an effort to combine German combat-vehicle engineering and expertise with Raytheon’s weaponry, sensors, and embedded computing technology.