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The recently reorganized defense technology group for land systems technology KNDS (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter Defense Systems) continues to develop the Enhanced Main Battle Tank (E-MBT), the integration solution from Leopard 2 and Leclerc, as an offer for the transition from the current battle tank technology to Land combat system of the future. This emerges from a press release recently issued by Nexter.

Three years after the founding of the Franco-German holding company KNDS, the company surprisingly presented a battle tank at the Eurosatory 2018 defense technology fair, which was composed of the hull and chassis of a Leopard 2 A6 and the turret of a Leclerc. The project presented as a European or Enhanced Main Battle Tank (E-MBT) is considered to be the young company's first significant joint venture - financed with its own funds - and a “real KNDS product”, according to Nexter. In in-house tests, the E-MBT had proven the functionality of the concept in driving and shooting tests.

The ongoing joint development aims to present a prototype at Eurosatory 2022. Many components are being put to the test, so that the new prototype will have numerous significant technical differences in the main components - Leopard tub and Leclerc tower. The weight advantage should be retained.

Enhanced Main Battle Tank – KNDS entwickelt weiter
Enhanced Main Battle Tank – KNDS entwickelt weiter

The start of series production is targeted for 2025. The E-MBT would thus be available as an interim solution if an intermediate generation were necessary before the introduction of a new land combat system (MGCS) and would be an alternative for nations that are not interested in procuring MGCS.

Gerhard Heiming