Rheinmetall offers Lynx IFV with 30/35mm medium gun to Slovakia

BUDAPEST, ($=313.82 Hungarian Forints) — Rheinmetall Group has joined the competition for the supply of modern armored vehicles for the Slovak army. The news was not confirmed by Hungarian Armaments Commissioner Gaspar Marot, who announced that Hungary, together with the Rheinmetall Group, would propose to the Slovak Ministry of Defense Lynx AFV.

Rheinmetal unveiled the Lynx KF41 as the future of the Australian infantry
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The Slovak Republic wants to modernize the equipment of its combat units. In addition to the 4 × 4 and 8 × 8 wheeled armored vehicles, this includes infantry fighting vehicles. Four variants are envisaged: 131 infantry fighting vehicles, 15 armored personnel carriers in command and control variant, three armored rescue vehicles, and three technical assistance tanks.

Rheinmetall offers Lynx IFV with 30/35mm medium gun to Slovakia
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In 2021, three suppliers were invited to provide their vehicles for testing by the Zahorie Military Technical and Testing Institute in Slovakia. Then, between March and June 2021, three competitors were tested: Lynx KF41 from Rheinmetall, Ascot 42 from GDELS, and CV90 Mk VI from BAE Systems.

Why Hungary?

However, it is not clear from the statement of the Commissioner for Armaments Gaspar Marot under what conditions Hungary offered the Slovak Republic the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle, which will be built in Zalaegerszeg in western Hungary in the future.

However, Marot emphasized in his statement that in addition to Lynx’s exceptional technical and tactical parameters, Slovakia could also benefit from the particularly advantageous financial structure set up for the modernization of the Hungarian armed forces. According to the Commissioner for Armaments, this is the key to mutually beneficial, long-term, and sustainable modernization of the relevant armed forces. It was also announced that in case of a successful bid, the Hungarian Export Defense Agency (VEX) will handle the deal.

However, the Hungarian government’s announcement came as no surprise to observers of Central European defense modernization projects. In laying the foundation stone of the Zalaegerszeg plant, which costs almost 168m euros, the Hungarian side emphasized its intention to use the production base to build up export capacity in addition to production for its armed forces.

Rheinmetall offers Lynx AFV with 30 / 35mm medium gun to Slovakia
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In addition, as early as September 2021, news emerged that Slovak government officials were encouraging allies and neighboring countries to submit bids. In this context, reports appeared in both the Hungarian and Slovak press, which gave Hungary a chance to cooperate successfully with the Lynx program.

BAE Systems offered 5th-gen CV90 vehicle

Sweden’s participation is not accidental. BAE Systems has production in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on CV90 through the joint venture with the Swedish government BAE Systems Hägglunds.

If Slovakia chooses BAE Systems as the supplier of the desired ground weapons technology, Bratislava will get a proven fifth-generation armored combat vehicle – the CV90 MkIV. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that in the middle of last year BAE Systems made a full demonstration of its product to the Minister of Defense of Slovakia Jaroslav Nay, as well as to representatives of the Slovak Land Forces.

In general, we can conclude that the entire CV90 range of BAE Systems has the following characteristics: strong mobility, flexible firepower, extremely high chance of survivability, through-life commitment, control of the battlefield, usability.

Sweden offers Slovakia high tactical, anti-tank 5th-gen CV90 vehicles
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However, the CV90 MkIV fifth-generation combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle [IFV] is impressive. The CV90 MkIV is extremely mobile and has an improved electronic architecture. With a new engine, the MkIV boasts up to 1,000 horsepower and the latest upgraded X300 heavy-duty transmission. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating has increased from 35 tons to 37 tons, offering users two tons of extra payload without a decrease in vehicle agility. The MkIV generation will also be the first Western IFV with a qualified Active Protection System.

Sweden offers Slovakia high tactical, anti-tank 5th-gen CV90 vehicles
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As additional options, CV90 MkIV offers the possibility to include an additional unmanned turret, increase speed, through a new active technology of the shock absorbers of the vehicle, as well as electronics of the 4th generation.

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