Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak and his German counterpart, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, met in Berlin on 16 August to discuss European projects, military co-operation, and NATO’s Multinational Division North East, among other topics.
Błaszczak said after the meeting, “We talked about the Franco-German tank project, which is at an initial stage. We would like the initiative to be accelerated and notified under PESCO [the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation] projects and also reinforced by European Union funding. It would be a good solution for the Polish defence industry.”
He was referring to the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), which is intended to replace Leopard 2 and Leclerc tanks in about 2035. Germany is interested in acquiring more than 300 vehicles and France up to 250 vehicles.
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