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Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the LYNX infantry fighting vehicle for the Hungarian armed forces has begun in Hungary, the vehicle’s first customer, Rheinmetall writes in a press release. According to the company, pre-series production is an important milestone, one which also encompasses fabrication of the LANCE medium-calibre turret as well as additional variants of the LYNX. Full-rate production, or FRP, is due to commence in July 2023. Recruitment of qualified personnel and the inflow of technical equipment for the LYNX centre of excellence is now in full swing.

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence contracted with Rheinmetall in September 2020 to supply combat vehicles and related services worth over €2Bn. In the first production phase, Hungary will take delivery of 46 Lynx IFVs and command & control vehicles as well as nine Bergepanzer 3 Büffel armoured recovery vehicles, all made in Germany. In a second phase, a joint venture in Hungary is to produce a further 172 Lynx IFVs and combat support vehicles. The first of these vehicles are to be delivered in 2024. In addition to the armoured fighting vehicles, the scope of supply includes ammunition and logistic services as well as 16 trucks.