Land Platforms

Germany launches MGCS study

16 March 2020

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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