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A production facility for the LYNX KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) is planned to be built in Moldava nad Bodvou in eastern Slovakia near the Hungarian border, where other combat vehicles can also be overhauled. At a press conference on Thursday, Rheinmetall announced details of the plans. A production area with 12,000 m² and a test area with 15,000 m² are to be built for €30M.

The plant is to be the centre of a widespread Slovakian partner network of Rheinmetall, which extends across the entire country, Rheinmetall announced. Together with the partners, the plant will be used to manufacture chassis and turrets for the LYNX IFV, system integration and acceptance tests. Rheinmetall’s joint venture with the DMD Group is in charge of production, which is to have Slovak defence industry participate in response to respective offset and compensation requirements.

The priority task of the plant will be the production of 152 LYNX KF41 for the Slovakian Army. The Slovak Ministry of Defence intends to replace the obsolete Soviet-era BVP-2 fleet at a cost of €1.7Bn. Rheinmetall, together with the Hungarian Government, submitted a competitive bid for the project, which is planned to be based on a government-to-government MoU.