Land Platforms

Eurosatory 2018: KNDS presents joint Franco-German tank demonstrator

13 June 2018
KNDS has presented its joint tank demonstrator at Eurosatory 2018. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter Defence Systems (KNDS) has presented the Euro Main Battle Tank (EMBT) demonstrator at Eurosatory 2018, which is being held in Paris on 11-15 June. The tank has a German Leopard 2A7 hull, engine, and chassis and a Nexter Leclerc two-man turret with an automatic loading system.

KNDS said in an 11 June press release that its first joint product illustrates the progress of its integration less than three years after its creation. Rudolf Neuhaus, KMW's EMBT programme manager, told Jane's on 11 June the project itself has taken 14 months. In an interview with Jane's on 12 June, Francois Groshany, Nexter's EMBT programme manager, said the Leclerc turret was integrated into the Leopard 2A7 chassis at Nexter's production facilities in Roanne and trials were conducted in southern France.

The EMBT weighs just less than 60 tonnes and has a combat weight of 62 tonnes, with a growth potential of six tonnes or around 10% for future developments. Neuhaus expected the EMBT's weight to make it attractive for eastern European countries with bridges not able to withstand heavier tanks.

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