As part of the creation of a new promising joint main combat tank (MBT) MGCS (Main Ground Combat System) France and Germany in 2021 plan to allocate 200 million euros. This will reportedly allow the main contractors of the program to begin the assembly phase of the combat vehicle demonstrators.
The consortium created by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (Germany) and Nexter systems (France) will begin construction of demonstrators of the main technical solutions next year. In total, plans are reported to build 14 demonstrators until 2024. In 2025, it is planned to create full-fledged prototypes, then the stage of testing and preparation for serial production will follow, which should begin no later than 2035.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (Germany), Nexter systems (France) and Rheinmetall (Germany) are working on the creation of a joint main battle tank (MBT) MGCS (Main Ground Combat System).
As previously reported, on April 28, 2020, Paris and Berlin signed two agreements under this program. The parties agreed to share the costs of creating a new tank in half, it was also agreed that both countries would receive "sufficient" intellectual property rights to the results of R&D under the program.
The Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) program is designed to create a new main tank to replace the German Leopard 2 and the French Leclerc. The arrival of new tanks in the army of both states is expected around 2035.