KMW, Nexter and Rheinmetall Get the Go-ahead for Initial MGCS Architecture Study

Date: Issue 100 - August 2020

20 May 2020 – Standing for Main Ground Combat System, MGCS is a joint Franco-German Defense project. The program, to be implemented under German political leadership, is tasked with developing a main combat system to succeed the Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 and the French Army’s Leclerc starting in 2035.

Making the start of the MGCS procurement program Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Nexter Systems and Rheinmetall AG established an ARGE in December 2019. Now, the partners and the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), acting in the name of Germany and France, have signed a contract for the “System Architecture Definition Study - Part 1”(SADS Part 1). This contract sounds the industrial starting gun for a MGCS Demonstration Phase.