The Franco-German joint venture KNDS displayed its new European main battle tank, a precursor to the Main Ground Combat System, at the 2018 Eurosatory exhibit in Paris. (Staff)
LONDON and COLOGNE, Germany — The British Ministry of Defence has opened discussions with France and Germany about signing up as an observer on their next-generation Main Ground Combat System program, according to government and industry officials in the U.K. and Germany.
Details of exactly what access the British will get to the program remain unclear, as a possible pact wouldn’t be signed until later this year.
“Observer status is being granted to the U.K. for the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System program,” an MoD official in London said.
An industry team involving Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Nexter and Rheinmetall are in the early conceptual stages of pulling together a vehicle design to replace Germany’s Leopard 2 and France’s Leclerc around 2035.
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Update #1: Britain, France, and Germany Might Build a Super ‘Eurotank’ (Popular Mechanics)
Update #2: Euro-Tank: Is Britain Looking To Join France & Germany’s Advanced ‘Eurotank’ Program? (EurAsian Times)
WNU Editor: Is there still a need for a main battle tank anymore?