L3Harris and American Rheinmetall to team on Army's OMFV program

By Marjorie Censer / April 14, 2021 at 9:39 AM

(Clarification: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that American Rheinmetall is still partnered with Raytheon Technologies.)

L3Harris Technologies and American Rheinmetall Vehicles said today they have signed a teaming agreement to jointly develop the Army's new Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, set to replace the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

"The agreement combines L3Harris' open system design and equipment manufacturing leadership with the maturity and modularity of American Rheinmetall Vehicles' Lynx next-generation fighting vehicle for an OMFV offering that is low-risk and easily upgradable," the companies said.

American Rheinmetall will serve as the prime contractor; L3Harris will provide vehicle mission systems, cybersecurity and its modular open systems approach.

American Rheinmetall previously teamed with Raytheon Technologies to pursue an earlier version of the OMFV program. However, the Army elected to cancel the prototyping competition and then restart the effort.

An American Rheinmetall spokeswoman said the company is still teamed with Raytheon, but adding new partners, including L3Harris.

Last month, Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman, the director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team, said the Army expects to "have some traditional and some non-traditional [contractors] . . . that are going to be competing" for OMFV.

"We are maximizing the field of who is going to be competing," he added.