120 Light Multi-Role Vehicles Temporarily Out of Service
(Source: Belgian Defence Force; issued Sept. 18, 2019)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
After cracks were found in the chassis of some Lynx LMV 4x4 light armored vehicles during routine maintenance, the Belgian defense staff suspended their use pending detailed inspections. The unarmored versions are not affected. (BEDF photo)
Following the extensive inspection and maintenance (TIM) of several multipurpose light vehicles, the Defense Staff made the decision to temporarily shut down some of this type of vehicle. "Safety comes first and we do not want to take unnecessary risks," says the Directorate General of Material Resources. There are 120 LYNX RPK and SPS vehicles, armored and equipped with additional armaments. The 320 unprotected vehicles will remain in service.

As part of routine risk management, the Army staff conducts regular checks and inspections. During the TIM, cracks were found on the chassis of some vehicles, which required their complete disassembly. The exact number of vehicles involved is not yet known.

The rest of the fleet is currently being examined using an X-ray scanner.

29 vehicles of this type are currently deployed in operations and exercises abroad. In addition, 26 other vehicles are used for the safety of our national air bases. They have also been decommissioned and will be inspected as soon as possible.

The LYNX, a light multi-role vehicle (LMV), has been in use by the Ministry of Defense since 2007. It is primarily intended to serve as a liaison vehicle for battlegroups during humanitarian and peace support operations. It is used by the Ground, Air and Medical Components.

Current threats, such as terrorism and the uncontrolled spread of weapons of mass destruction, are pushing Defense into new types of operations requiring the swift engagement of small, extremely mobile hostile groups. This type of lightweight all-terrain vehicle fits this requirement.

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