The defense division of Lyon Township’s Pratt & Miller Engineering has joined Raytheon Co.’s team that includes Rheinmetall Defense in its quest to secure a multimillion-dollar contract for the U.S. Army’s new Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV).
Pratt & Miller Defense will provide engineering analysis to help ensure that Raytheon’s Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle meets or exceeds the Army’s survivability requirements for the OMFV, which is expected to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in 2026.
“Pratt & Miller brings extraordinary engineering experience and expertise to the team to make sure Lynx can withstand the battlefield’s harsh conditions,” says Brad Barnard, OMFV director at Raytheon. “Our troops deserve the safest and most advanced combat vehicle possible, and that’s exactly what we will deliver.”
Raytheon and Rheinmetall joined forces in 2018 to offer Lynx for the Army’s OMFV competition. Lynx is a next-generation, tracked armored fighting vehicle designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield.
Raytheon says it provides an overmatch advantage for soldiers, growth capacity to support new technologies over the vehicle’s lifetime, and lower life-cycle costs. Lynx will be manufactured in the U.S. by American workers.
“Raytheon and Rheinmetall are assembling a U.S. supply chain for Lynx,” says Matt Warnick, managing director for American Rheinmetall Vehicles. “Partnering with Pratt & Miller brings us one step closer to building Lynx in the USA.”
Raytheon technology earmarked for the Lynx includes the company’s advanced weapons, an active protection system, its next-generation thermal sights, the Coyote unmanned aircraft system, and more.
“Pratt & Miller is proud to join the Lynx team and support the survivability analysis, ensuring the best technologies for unparalleled protection for our warfighters,” says Celyn Evans, director of Pratt & Miller Defense.