Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx tracked armored vehicle to be manufactured in Hungary by 2023
According to information published by the "Hungary Today" website on December 17, 2020, the German-made Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 will be manufactured in Hungary at the Zalaegerszeg plant and scheduled to start in 2023.
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The KF41 tracked armored infantry fighting vehicle was demonstrated during a military exercise in Hungary. (Picture source Rheinmetall video footage)
In September 2020, the German company Rheinmetall has announced that the Hungarian Ministry of Defence has awarded Rheinmetall an order to supply tracked armored vehicles KF41 and related products and services with a total value of more than €2 billion. Hungary is the first export customer of the KF41 IFV.
Hungary plans to purchase 218 KF41 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) as well as simulators, training and instruction, plus an initial supply of spare parts as well as maintenance support. The Hungarian KF41 in IFV configuration will be fitted with a manned 30mm cannon Lance turret, also developed and manufactured by Rheinmetall.
The KF41 is a new generation of light tracked armored vehicles fully developed, designed, and manufactured in Germany by the company Rheinmetall. The vehicle was unveiled in June 2018 during the defense exhibition Eurosatory in Paris, France.
The KF41 is protected with the latest generation of armor providing ballistic protection against medium caliber weapons and artillery shell splinters and mine protection against mine blast, IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), and bomblets. The armor of the vehicle has been also optimized to protect the vehicle against RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades) and anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). In option, the vehicle can be fitted with APS (Active Protection System).
The design of the KF41 consists of three main parts with the driver position and powerpack at the front, turret in the middle, and troops' compartment at the rear. The vehicle has a crew of three including a driver, commander, gunner, and can accommodate 8 fully gear infantrymen.
The Lance Turret mounted on the KF41 is armed with one 30mm automatic cannon MK30-2/ABM and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The MK30-2/ABM has a double belt ammunition feed system.