"Textron Systems brings a decades-long heritage of supporting the U.S. Department of Defense and its allies with highly reliable and capable combat vehicles to enhance mission outcomes," said Lisa Atherton, president and CEO of Textron Systems. "We are proud to be a part of the Lynx team and stand ready to support our teammates and our customer."
The team of industry leaders is offering Lynx to meet the U.S. Army's requirement for an Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV). Textron Systems brings unique capabilities in hull fabrication, rolling chassis assembly, integration and testing to the OMFV program.
The company will support final integration during the development and prototyping phase of the program. In parallel, Textron Systems will prepare to build the Lynx chassis during future production phases. Textron Systems intends to perform the work at its Slidell, Louisiana, manufacturing facility.
"Building Lynx in America will support U.S. manufacturing jobs and revitalize the nation's defense industrial base," said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. "Textron Systems is an experienced manufacturer central to our strategy of leveraging a reliable U.S. supply chain to deliver the world's most advanced combat vehicle to the U.S. Army."
The U.S. Army's OMFV, scheduled for fielding in 2026, is expected to replace the legacy Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries.