Iraq has launched discussions to procure Rheinmetall KF41 tracked armored IFVs

According to information published by the "Tactical Report" website on March 15, 2022, Iraq has launched discussions with the German company Rheinmetall to procure KF41 Lynx tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle).
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The German-made KF41 Lynx produced by the German company Rheinmetall was unveiled in June 2018 during the Eurosatory defense exhibition in Paris, France. (Picture source Army Recognition)

In recent months the popularity of the German-made Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx has increased with the order of 218 vehicles by Hungary. On 17 August 2020 the government of Hungary and Rheinmetall Group signed a contract to start manufacturing the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle family in Hungary.

Rheinmetall has submitted the Lynx KF41 for the Australian Defence Force's Land 400 Phase 3 program to replace the Australian Army's M113AS4 armored personnel carriers (APCs) with up to 450 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and 17 maneuver support vehicles. In mid-September 2019, Rheinmetall's Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and Hanwha's Redback K21 IFV were shortlisted for consideration for the Australian Army’s project Land 400 Phase 3 and will provide prototypes for a risk mitigation activity.

The Slovak government has also shown interest to purchase 228 tracked AFVs by 2035. One of the contenders is Rheinmetall's Lynx IFV. In October 2018, Rheinmetall announced a teaming with Raytheon to propose the Lynx KF41 to the U.S. Army in answer to its developing Next-Generation Combat Vehicle program, with the goal to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other current platforms.

The KF41 Lynx is an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) in the Lynx family of a tracked armored vehicle designed, developed, and manufactured by the German Company Rheinmetall Defence. This vehicle is a longer version than the KF31 IFV unveiled in September 2016, 7.22 m for the KF31 and 7.7m for the KF41. It also has a more powerful engine and weighs 10 more tons than KF31.

The KF41 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) variant was presented at Eurosatory 2018 with A Lance 2.0 turret armed with a 35mm cannon that fires Rheinmetall’s proven and in-service 35x228mm ammunition family. A 7.62mm coaxial machine gun is mounted to the left of the main armament.

The KF41 Lynx has a unique design using a common drive module and a flexible mission kit arrangement to allow any base vehicle to be configured as an IFV, an armored personnel carrier, a command vehicle, a recovery vehicle or an ambulance.

The internal volume of the Lynx KF41 drive module is unrivaled for a tracked IFV with a manned turret. Eight dismount seats can be seen here folded up, with the Lance 2.0 turret basket in the background. r. The modular survivability systems of the Lynx provide unprecedented flexibility for customers to cope with the wide variety of threats faced across the spectrum of conflict. The ballistic and mine protection packages can be easily exchanged, even in the field if needed, while the full spectrum of threats has been taken into account, including roof protection against cluster munitions.

The KF41 Lynx has a powerpack in the front of the hull including an 850 kW (1140hp) Liebherr engine and a proven Renk transmission. can run at a maximum road speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km.