Franco-German defence company, KMW+Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) unveiled a new Euro Main Battle Tank (EMBT) concept at the ongoing Eurosatory 2018 exhibition at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris, France.
The EMBT is the first product of KNDS, which was the result of merger between the German family-controlled defence company, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and the French government-owned defence company, Nexter Systems under the KANT (KMW And Nexter Together) project.
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.
The development effort has been ongoing since January 2017, with the prototype platform conducting live fire trials only a month ago, Shephard reported citing KNDS officials.
‘This is the first step in having a common product from Nexter and KMW,’ Shephard quoted Sebastian Bent, project manager for EMBT for KMW. ‘This is a demonstrator but the next step will be to have a prototype or pre-series production.’