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Industry to Establish Project Company for MGCS

This E-MBT demonstrator produced by KNDS, unveiled at Eurosatory 2018, laid the foundation for MGCS (Main Ground Combat System) by mating a French Leclerc turret to a German Leopard 2 hull [©Bob Morrison]

KNDS Deutschland, KNDS France, Rheinmetall Landsysteme and THALES SIX intend to establish a joint project company for MGCS.

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Joint Press Release, Munich, April 2024: We – KNDS Deutschland, KNDS France, Rheinmetall AG, Rheinmetall Landsysteme and Thales – welcome the agreement reached by the French and German governments on MGCS. We see it as an essential milestone in the development of a superior ground combat system for the armed forces of the future.

With this in mind, the four companies (KNDS Deutschland, KNDS France, Rheinmetall Landsysteme and THALES SIX) intend to establish a joint project company in order to meet the challenges of such a complex multi-platform system in the best possible and synergetic way. It will act in the spirit of the bilateral Franco-German agreement. The new, innovative ‘level-pillar approach’ for implementation is suitable for ensuring a fair distribution of the workload in a balanced 50:50 ratio between French and German companies, and according to companies‘ complementary technical skills and resources.

In order to implement a contract from 2025, the industry will soon begin negotiations for the project company with the aim of an efficient and targeted implementation.

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