Group announced it is expanding its global operating footprint into Australia. Susanne Wiegand, chairwoman of RENK Group, said: “We are fully committed to our partner Rheinmetall Defence Australia and to the Australian Defence Forces to deliver the best solution for the LAND 400 Phase 3 program. RENK is very proud to be the partner of choice for the transmission system of the LYNX KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle and will deliver a significant contribution to the Australian Industry Capability program if the contract is awarded.”

The LYNX is a next generation tracked, digitised and highly protected Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) built to meet the stringent military requirements of LAND 400 Phase 3. The Australian Army needs a new IFV for close in combat and to defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers. Three LYNX vehicles are taking part in the test and evaluation trials as part of the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) to be conducted around Australia over a 12-month timeframe. The extensive testing regime, considered world leading, is putting vehicles through a range of trials including lethality, mobility and blast tests.

RENK’s Vehicle Transmissions division is the world’s leading producer of fully automatic transmissions for medium and heavy tracked military vehicles. RENK transmissions are used in 40 different types of military vehicles and in service with more than 30 armed forces worldwide. Each individual transmission provides all the vehicle’s driving, steering and braking functions, as well as necessary gear changes for fast acceleration, high-sped reversing and pivoting. Additionally RENK offers first class suspension system technology via their subsidiary Horstman Defence Systems, UK. RENK’s acquisition of Combat Propulsion Systems in Muskegon, USA from L3Harris is currently ongoing and closing of the transaction is expected for the second half of 2021. 

RENK will establish a new subsidiary in Brisbane, Queensland, to assemble and test transmission systems and final drives for the LYNX – should the vehicle be selected by the Commonwealth of Australia – and potentially other military vehicles in service across the region. If selected by the Commonwealth, the LYNX fleet will be manufactured in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank south-west of Brisbane. LYNX has been selected by the Hungarian Armed Forces for the delivery of more than 200 vehicles in the first launch order for the vehicle globally.


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  1. You would recall Hanwha is having trouble with their own transmissions in the Panther K2 tank.

    Turkey begged Germany for these transmissions – they’re the best in the world.

    Australia is being offered access to world’s best technology here. Please pay attention


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