Apart from doing a handstand, Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall, will probably have tried everything in recent weeks to convince the Bundeswehr to turn to its new tank, the KF51 Panther, in particular to replace the 18 Leopard A26s sent by Berlin. in Ukraine in support of Kyiv's defense effort against Moscow. Unfortunately for him, it will not. Indeed, the president of the defense committee at the Bundestag, Agnès Strack-Zimmermann, confirmed yesterday in an interview with Frankfurter Rundschau, that the Bundeswehr was going to order new Leopard 2 tanks in their ultimate A7V version, but also Pzh2000 self-propelled guns, …Read the article
Should the French Army turn to the German Rheinmetall KF-51 Panther tank?
That's it .. they cracked up… It's probably in these terms that the vast majority of readers, at least the most measured among them, approached this new article with its slightly provocative title. Indeed, the new KF-51 Panther tank presented by its designer, the German Rheinmetall, during the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, is today the main tool in the hands of its CEO, Armin Papperger, to try to derail the program Franco-German MGCS which aims to design, precisely, the replacement of the French tank Leclerc as of the German Leopard 2. Developed in equity, the Panther is indeed offered by Rheinmetall to anyone who shows…Read the article
The hypothesis of the KF-51 Panther tanks built in Ukraine puzzles specialists
At the beginning of March, the fiery president of the German industrial giant Rheinmetall caused a surprise by announcing that negotiations were underway with Kyiv, with a view to building a factory in Ukraine capable of assembling 400 KF-51 Panther tanks per year, so as to give the Ukrainian armies not only a major technological and operational advantage against the Russian forces, but also to standardize and rationalize the armored fleet of the Ukrainian armed forces which, today, has little to envy to the course of Miracles so many references and micro-fleets are there. In addition, Kyiv would have the possibility of acquiring a fleet of…Read the article
Faced with K2 and KF51, is the KNDS EMBT tank the only chance to save the Franco-German MGCS program?
The express tour undertaken by President Volodymyr Zelensky in Europe, which has just ended, did not give rise to the spectacular announcements as certain commentators expected, nor, moreover, did his visit to Washington a few weeks had given rise to immediate announcements. However, and as was the case in the United States, it is a safe bet that the Ukrainian head of state and his British, French and German counterparts took advantage of these face-to-face meetings to prepare for the continuation of aid. European military and economic towards Kyiv. Among the topics discussed, the question of the supply of armored vehicles and…Read the article
Germany would struggle to find the 40 Marder IVCs promised to Ukraine for March
On January 5, following the announcement by France of the forthcoming delivery of an undetermined number of AMX-10RCs, Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, jointly announced to his American counterpart Joe Biden who promised 50 combat vehicles of infantry (VCI) Bradley, the delivery of 40 VCI Marder, a tracked armored vehicle weighing more than 35 tons capable of transporting 6 armed soldiers to the front line, and supporting their engagement with a 20 mm cannon, a 7,62 mm machine gun and a MILAN anti-tank missile launcher. While everything indicates that the Ukrainian armies intend to launch, at the beginning of the spring, a vast offensive to liberate the territory again...Read the article
SCAF, MGCS: Franco-German cooperation restarts on good foundations against a background of concern
For nearly a year, the two flagship programs of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation, the Future Air Combat System to replace the Rafale and Typhoon, and the Main Ground Combat System to replace the Leclerc and Leopard 2 tanks, encountered immense difficulties around sharing and industrial cooperation between French players, Dassault aviation and Nexter, and their German counterparts, Airbus DS and Rheinmetall, putting both initiatives on hold. After many months of arm wrestling and tense declarations, no agreement seemed in sight at the beginning of September, with everyone sticking to their positions, and…Read the article
AbramsX, Panther, Black Panther: in the face of emerging competition, should the MGCS program be accelerated?
On the occasion of the AUSA exhibition which will take place from October 10 to 12 in the suburbs of Washington, the armored vehicle manufacturer General Dynamics Land Systems, formerly Chrysler and designer of the famous Abrams combat tank and the Stryker armored vehicle, will present a new generation of armored vehicles based on hybrid electric propulsion and the integration of the latest technological advances in this field such as Hard-Kill systems and new generation visualization/command/communication systems. Among them is the StrykerX, a redesign of the 8×8 under-armoured personnel carrier equipped with all of these technologies, as well as the AbramsX, a reboot in…Read the article
SCAF, MGCS: Politics regains control of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation
“Many things have been said or written in recent weeks, I think that with one sentence, we will cut it short by saying that the SCAF is a priority project. […] It is awaited as much by Berlin as by Paris and this project will be done, we cannot be more direct” In a single sentence, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, cut short all speculation concerning the future of the new generation combat aircraft program undertaken by Paris, Berlin and Madrid. And to add “We need to think about what will be the fighter aviation of the future, since we…Read the article
Can the EMBT heavy tank from KNDS win against the KF-51 Panther from Rheinmetall?
The last Eurodatory 2022 exhibition devoted to land armaments was marked by the presentation of two new European tanks, a first for thirty years. Jointly engaged in a Franco-German MGCS program aimed at designing the replacement for the Leopard 2 and the Leclerc, Rheinmetall on the one hand, and the Nexter-KMW couple grouped in the KNDS group on the other, each presented their champion, the prototype of the KF-51 Panther of the first, and the Enhanced Main Battle Tank or EMBT demonstrator of the second. If, during the show, the two armored vehicles were more or less on an equal footing, both in terms of announced capacities and audience, the situation has…Read the article
Rheinmetall is planning its strategy to dislodge the Franco-German tank program MGCS
Like the SCAF new generation combat aircraft program which brings together Paris, Berlin and Madrid, the Main Ground Combat System or MGCS program, which aims to design the replacement for the French Leclerc and German Leopard 2 tanks, is being carried out today. today the subject of many questions and fears. If SCAF is above all threatened by the opposition between Dassault Aviation and Airbus DS, MGCS is, for its part, attacked by the German Rheinmetall, a last-minute guest in this program which was initially to be developed by the KNDS group as a result of the merger. between the French Nexter at the origin of Leclerc, and the German group Krauss Maffei Wegman, father…Read the article