KNDS EMBT tank will be much more than an industrial demonstrator

Le E-MBT tank of the Franco-German company KNDS caused a sensation at EuroSatory 2018, proudly enthroned at the heart of the exhibition as the symbol of Franco-German cooperation in defense equipment, recorded in 2015 when the German armored specialist Krauss Maffei Wegman and the French Nexter, respectively at the origin of the tank Leopard 2 and du Leclerc, created the KNDS joint venture with equal power. And the E-MBT, for Enhanced Main Battle Tank, perfectly reflected this balance, with a Leclerc turret perched on a Leopard 2 hull. However, there was nothing to suggest that this tank could actually see the light of day beyond this dimension. symbolic, and all the more so as Paris and Berlin were then MGCS Next Generation Tank Program.

However, it seems that KNDS has bigger ambitions for this model, which could be much more of a simple symbol. Indeed, according to a press release from the company, work to make E-MBT an operational model, starting in 2022, would continue. In addition to the basic structure with the Leclerc turret and the hull and the propulsion of the Leopard 2, the new tank will integrate many evolutions to make it a modern armored combat vehicle in its own right, and so that the sum of the two is greater than the two. its constituent parts, while retaining the power and excellent performance of the Leopard 2 and the automation and precision of the Leclerc turret.

With the Leclerc turret and the Leopard 2 chassis, the E-MBT has an excellent power-to-weight ratio, allowing it to receive additional protective equipment and commitments without compromising its mobility.

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