Based on our information so far, the Hungarian Defence Forces will have one of the most modern infantry fighting vehicles in the world. The tracked “moving fort” will not only provide the highest level of protection available to the infantrymen inside, but with its reconnaissance systems and powerful armament it will also be able to effectively support the soldiers performing operations.
CATEGORY: Tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)
MANUFACTURER: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann/Rheinmetall Landsysteme
DATE OF PRESENTATION: 2018
CREW: 3 (+ 8 passengers)
The vehicle has a modular design. The driver’s compartment is at the front left of the hull that has a slightly V-shaped bottom to deflect the impact of explosions. Next to it, at the front right, is the engine and automatic transmission. The rear of the Lynx can be altered for the task at hand: the longer, KF41 basic version, which is also available in Hungary, is capable of transporting eight equipped riflemen. The carrier module can be easily replaced with other modules for other designations, depending on the customer’s wishes. Designs are already in place for the reconnaissance, ambulance, and recovery versions. The turret of the combat vehicle version can also be replaced with another unit, even a remotely controlled one, but this can even be removed in dependence on the task.
The adequate attack capability is based on the Lance 2.0 turret, which can house a Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM autocannon and a 7.62 mm, three-barrel coaxial machine gun. At the request of the customer, a Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile launcher, remote controlled reconnaissance drone, a mini UCAV (“kamikaze drone”) launcher, or an electronic warfare system container can be mounted in containers on the right and left sides of the turret.
During the design process, great emphasis was placed on the enhanced protection of the personnel: the steel alloy hull was complemented with modular additional armour. This double “layer” protects occupants against anti-tank missiles and heavy machine guns. At the customer’s request, increased protection against partial loads of cluster bombs from above is also available. The Hungarian Lynx will also be fitted with the StrikeShield active protection system, developed by Rheinmetall, which forms an invisible but effective shield against incoming anti-tank missiles or rocket-propelled grenades.
Special, side-suspended seats with side head protectors and four-point seat belts, and a dual-layer floor system provide protection against the effects of mines and improvised explosive devices. The interior of the vehicle is air-conditioned, with a built-in filtering system to protect the soldiers from contamination by chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
The Lynx commander and gunner are equipped with a stabilized, day/night electro-optical reconnaissance and fire control system that can be operated independently but can be connected at the touch of a button. It is complemented with a laser rangefinder and missile warning system, automatic target identification, and an acoustic gunshot detection system providing easy-to-understand signals for the crew.
The 1,140-horsepower Liebherr turbo diesel engine and the Renk automatic transmission are placed at the front right of the vehicle. The end of the exhaust system and the cooling unit of the engine water cooling system are placed at the end of the vehicle, thus reducing the thermal signal i.e. infrared detectability of an approaching Lynx. Since the engine and gearbox are in the nose, the drive sprockets are in the front, followed by six road wheels with torsion suspension and shock absorbers from the Austrian company Supashock, and with the tension sprockets at the back.
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Author: Trautmann Balázs (honvedelem.hu)