MGCS: Italy, Poland, Norway and Great Britain could join the program from 2023

Resulting from a preliminary study launched jointly by France and Germany in 2012, the Main Ground Combat System program, or MGCS, was officially launched in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to replace in 2035 the French Leclerc tanks and the German Leopard 2s, alongside 3 other emblematic programs of Franco-German cooperation in the defense industry, the Future Air Combat System or SCAF to replace the Rafale and Typhoon in 2040, the Common Indect Fire System or CIFS to replacing self-propelled guns and multiple rocket launchers in 2035, and the Maritime Airborne Warfare System or MAWS to…

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Army?

During his hearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Senate, the Chief of Staff of the Army (CEMAT), General Schill, declared that it would be a priority to give back to his army increased capacities in terms of artillery and close anti-aircraft defense on the occasion of the next Military Programming Law. It is true, and we have repeatedly addressed the subject in our lines, that these two areas are today part of the weak points of the Army, in particular to engage in a high intensity conflict. But through the statements of the French General, and...

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Leopard 2, Leclerc, Merkava: What are modern battle tanks worth? (1/3)

Since its first appearance on the battlefields during the First World War, the battle tank has been the subject of both extreme fascination for some, and total denial for others. Over the course of the conflicts, and the appearance of new weapon systems, such as the anti-tank missile or more recently the wandering ammunition, the end of the supremacy of the tank in land combat has many times been prophesied, following the example other major armaments such as aircraft carriers or combat aircraft. However, it is clear today, as geopolitical tensions continue to grow, that the market...

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Should France develop a medium tank in parallel with the MGCS program?

It is now no secret that the risk of seeing the French armies engaged in a High Intensity conflict has increased considerably in recent years, and will increase in the years and decades to come. It is in this context that Paris and Berlin launched, in 2017, several industrial defense programs in cooperation, the most symbolic of which are the new generation SCAF combat aircraft program to replace the French Rafale and German Typhoon, and the MGCS combat tank program, to replace, among other things, the Leclercs of the Army and the Leopard 2s of the Bundeswehr.…

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The replacement of the Indian T72s is a unique opportunity for Nexter and the French Army

At the beginning of June, the Indian authorities officially relaunched the Future Ready Combat Vehicles, or FRCV, program aimed at acquiring 1700 heavy armored vehicles to replace the approximately 2200 T72 combat tanks currently in service with the country's armed forces. A request for information was sent to some 12 heavy tank manufacturers: the Russian Uralvagonzavod for the T90M and the T-14 Armata, the American General Dynamics for the M1Ax Abrams, the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman for the Leopard 2 , the South Korean Rotem for the K2, the Turkish Otokar for the Atlay, the Serbian Yugoimport for the M-84, the Ukrainian Malyshev for the T-84, the Italian Leonardo for the Ariete,…

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New partners, new capabilities: Berlin has big ambitions for the MGCS program

If the first discussions around the Main Ground Combat System program, or MGCS, date from 2012, this program intended to replace the heavy armored component in France (Char Leclerc) and Germany (Leopard 2 tank) has come to the fore. from 2017 and the election of French President Emmanuel Macron, when he integrated it with a set of other Franco-German programs including the SCAF intended to replace the Rafale and Typhoon aircraft, and the MAWS intended to replace the aircraft Maritime Patrol Atlantic 2 and P3C Orion. The Franco-German couple, stimulated by tensions between Berlin and Washington following the arrival of Donald…

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Nexter challenges Rheinmetall with its ASCALON cannon for the MGCS program

For the German Rheinmetall, the case was understood: the experience and the reputation acquired by the designer of the Rh-120 L44 120 mm gun which equips the Leopard 2 justified, according to the Düsseldorf group, on their own, that the design of the main gun of the Franco-German MGCS program is attributed to him. For this, Rheinmetall intended to rely on its new 130 mm L/51 gun, presented 5 years ago, despite the tests carried out by the French Nexter, who had experimented with a new 140 mm gun. on Leclerc chassis in 2019, as part of the Future Tank Main Armament program,…

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Does the MGCS tank program respond to Franco-German operational and industrial challenges?

Upon his arrival at the Elysée after his victory in the 2017 presidential elections, French President Emmanuel Macron quickly set about launching a series of major defense programs with Berlin, aimed both at bringing the two countries' positions closer together in terms of Defense than to take advantage of the possible synergies between the two industrial bases and defense technologies. Four main programs emerged, the SCAF in the field of combat aircraft, the CIFS in the field of artillery, the MAWS in the field of maritime patrol, and the Main Ground Combat System, or MGCS, program in the field of chariots of…

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20 programs to strengthen the armies and preserve the French industrial fabric

Between the health and economic crisis linked to the Covid19 virus, and the security crises that are shaking the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Asia and Eastern Europe, there is no shortage of subjects of concern for French political leaders in in charge of defence, public finance and industry. But while these files are managed in isolation today, a global vision would make it possible to consider solutions that meet all the needs and contextual requirements. Strengthening the French armies, a pressing need Although the Military Programming Law 2019-2025 has undeniably made it possible to stem the loss of capacity that has affected the French armies for more than…

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With SCORPION, the French Army revolutionizes its combat capabilities in contact

Among the main European defense programs, the French SCORPION program unquestionably holds a very special place. Truly structuring, it provides for nothing less than in-depth modernization not only of the equipment but also of the doctrines of the Army's tactical units. Open since 2018 to a certain form of European cooperation, via the Belgian CaMo program, the SCORPION program (Synergie du COntact Reinforced par la Versatility et l'Info valorisatiON) provides for the development of several new vehicles, the renovation of equipment, but also and above all the implementation of an infovalorized combat system, the SICS, which will propel the French Army and…

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