KMW and Nexter will partner on the development of a main battle tank and artillery system as part of the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) and Common Indirect Fire System (CIFS) program.
The Letter Of Intent signed between France and Germany last month is a significant step forward in the defense cooperation between the two countries and in Europe. This close cooperation was the key motivation for the foundation of KNDS (KMW+Nexter Defense Systems) in 2015, where Nexter and KMW cooperate as national system houses for land systems.
MGCS project will lead to the development of a new generation of Main Battle Tanks (MBT), providing their users enhanced, innovative, and best-in-class systems with the most advanced technologies. According to the LoI, Germany will be leading the development. The demonstration phase is scheduled from mid-2019 and the detailed operational requirements would be finalized by 2024 with deployment planned from 2035.
The LoI also covers co-operation on Common Indirect Fire System (CIFS) project to develop future artillery system. The introduction of the system into the service is scheduled from 2040.
The skills and background of KMW and Nexter qualify both companies as suitable and particularly powerful and pivotal industrial partners for the Franco-German MGCS program. Thus, in close cooperation with leading technology companies, KMW and Nexter will substantially contribute to a strengthened European defense capability.
KNDS unveiled a new Euro Main Battle Tank (EMBT) concept at the recently concluded Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris.
The new tank combines the chassis of a German Leopard 2 A7 main battle tank, developed by KMW, with a 120mm turret seen on French Leclerc MBT, built by Nexter. The chassis was modified to host Leclerc’s compact and light turret with automatic loading. The Leopard 2 features a heavier manually loaded turret.