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KMW and Nexter Join Forces on MGCS

The E-MBT demonstrator, unveiled at Eurosatory 2018, produced by the KNDS partnership of Germany’s KMW and France’s Nexter mates a French Leclerc turret to a German Leopard 2 hull [©Bob Morrison]

KMW and Nexter have welcomed the announcement by the French and the German governments on the joint development of a new Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) and a new Common Indirect Fire System.


Press Release: The Letter Of Intent signed yesterday (19th June) 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 in 2015, where Nexter and KMW cooperate as national system houses for land systems.

MGCS will develop a new generation of Main Battle Tanks, providing their users enhanced, innovative, and best-in-class systems with the most advanced technologies. Thus, Germany and France are jointly launching the most strategic project in European land defense for the 30 years to come, a program package that will shape the future of European armies’ main combat capabilities and contribute to Europe’s sovereignty and strategic autonomy.

The skills and background of KMW and Nexter qualify both companies as suitable and particularly powerful and pivotal industrial partners for the Franco-German land-system-program MGCS. Thus, in close cooperation with leading technology companies, KMW and Nexter will substantially contribute to a strengthened European defense capability.

The agreement of both nations to capitalise on the success of the German and French MBT programmes and to base the industrial leadership for the MGCS programme in Germany demonstrates the strong commitment towards a unique European cooperation in land systems. Beyond that, it strengthens Europe’s excellence in providing leading edge land- systems- technologies for the years to come.

Footnote: The new E-MBT demonstrator produced by the KNDS partnership of Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and France’s Nexter mates a French Leclerc turret to a German Leopard 2 hull.

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