31 May '15, 2pm

Germany looks towards Leopard 2 replacement - IHS Jane's 360

The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to initiate concept studies for a successor to the Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) before the end of the year. The news was announced by German Defence State Secretary Markus Grübel to Parliament, with Grübel adding that the MoD plans to conduct joint capability studies with France for the project. This bilateral element is hoped to provide some tailwind to the proposed merger between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter to form a new European land-systems powerhouse, prospectively known as KANT [Krauss-Maffei Wegmann And Nexter Together]. The capabilities studies are set to run between 2015 and 2018, with Germany and France reviewing technologies and concepts for the future MBT. Speaking to IHS Jane's , a source stated that the Leopard 2 successor will include technology from Germany's Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Accord...

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