Raytheon and Rheinmetall to meet Michigan suppliers as they plan joint bid for U.S. Army’s Next-Generation Combat Vehicle

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March 11, 2019
Defense companies eye region’s engineering talent, technical acumen and industrial capability for potential $42 billion project to replace aging Bradley Fighting Vehicle

Leading global defense companies Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are hosting a supplier day on March 14 at Automation Alley in Troy, Mich. as they seek new Southeast Michigan partnerships and potential suppliers to meet the U.S. Army's new requirement for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, or OMFV. 

Raytheon and Rheinmetall are combining American ingenuity and German engineering prowess to offer an Americanized Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (KF41) in response to the U.S. Army’s OMFV requirement. The program calls for a combat vehicle to replace the aging Bradley Fighting Vehicle with a next-generation system that will overmatch enemies and defeat advancing threats well into the future. 

The supplier day—sponsored by Automation Alley, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Defense Center—will give potential suppliers the chance to learn about the first phase of the OMFV program, a $600 million project which the Army will award to two finalists in the first half of 2020 for engineering, manufacturing and development. In the third quarter of 2023, the Army will select one vendor and will award contracts worth a total expected value of $42 billion over 20 years for 3,690 vehicles.

“Southeast Michigan has a long, proud legacy supporting the Army and its combat vehicle programs and we’re looking to protect and extend that,” said Brad Barnard, Raytheon program director for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle. “We’re hosting our first large-scale supplier day in Detroit because we recognize how critical this area is to strengthening the combat vehicle industrial base.” 

A true next-generation solution, the Lynx provides advanced capabilities, modularity and maximum growth opportunities. The modern, innovative and mobile infantry fighting vehicle will help ensure soldiers survive and win on the battlefield.

“The Lynx definitely is a game-changer designed with future conflict scenarios in mind,” said Andreas Baumeier, General Manager of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division USA. “Our solution gives the U.S. Army the mobility and overmatch capability that it needs now. We are pleased to support local industry and jobs,” he said.

American workers will build the vehicle in the United States. The Raytheon and Rheinmetall team recognizes Southeast Michigan as the center of gravity for the engineering talent, technical acumen and industrial capability needed to make the OMFV program successful. 

The goal of the supplier day is to identify a broad range of key partners and suppliers – from services to hardware – and build collaborative relationships. Raytheon and Rheinmetall are especially interested in learning about the capabilities of Michigan’s small businesses.  The companies’ small business representatives will be on hand to make contacts and answer questions. 

“As Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Automation Alley is committed to helping companies expand their supply base, grow Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We are thrilled Raytheon and Rheinmetall are choosing Michigan suppliers for this opportunity. We have the strong ground vehicle supply base, the expertise and the innovative culture to support this important project,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO. 

Media Contacts: John Patterson, Raytheon, John_B_Patterson@raytheon.com, 520.746.2107; Oliver Hoffmann, Rheinmetall, oliver.hoffmann@rheinmetall.com,+49.211.473.4748 ; Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301; Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466 
Nicole Kampe, Communications and Media Manager
kampen@automationalley.com, 2484573301