On 11 March the budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved the launch of the systems architecture definition phase for the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website the next day. The ministry described the two-year study as "an important next step in the continuation of German-French co-operation" and in the realisation of the jointly funded MGCS project.
The MGCS will replace the German Leopard 2 and French Leclerc tanks starting in the mid-2030s, retaining mechanised combat capabilities and developing them in line with the threat, especially for fighting armoured forces within the framework of territorial and alliance defence, according to the German MoD.
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