German newspaper: Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden signed an agreement to create a new European tank

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German newspaper: Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden signed an agreement to create a new European tank

Talk about the need to create a new main combat tank, which can be adopted by European NATO countries, have been conducted among the military, experts and governments for a long time.

Moreover, we are talking about the development and serial production of a next-generation combat vehicle to replace the MBTs in service with the armies of Europe of precisely a single standard. Among other things, in this way the EU states hope not to become completely dependent on arms supplies from the United States, plus give impetus to the development of their defense enterprises.



And now, it seems, things have moved off the dead center. The German newspaper Handelsblatt, citing industry and political sources, reports that four European states signed a framework agreement a few days ago to jointly develop a new European main battle tank. The coalition included Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden.

Interestingly, among the developers of the new MBT there is no France, which is the only one of all European countries that independently produces almost all types of weapons and military equipment. This is most likely explained by the serious disagreements that arose earlier between Paris and Berlin regarding the implementation of another joint project to create the latest Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) tank, launched in 2018. This MBT was supposed to replace the German Leopard 2 and the French Leclerc by the middle of the next decade.

This version is confirmed by the fact that the new consortium of defense enterprises of four European countries will be headed by the German concerns Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall. Which, by the way, are the main and final manufacturers of Leopard tanks, along with a large number of smaller subcontractors from different European countries.

Now the coalition members will have to find sources of financing for a large-scale project, for which the partner countries intend to submit an appropriate application to the European Defense Fund. It is reported that even at the stage of conceptual design and development of a prototype of the latest MBT, hundreds of millions of euros will be required.

The timing of the project has not yet been announced, but this process will definitely not be fast, especially given the economic problems that have engulfed both European countries and entire industries in Germany, for example. We also need to continue to spend money on Ukraine in order to please Washington. This is most likely why, according to the German publication, Berlin is not yet ready to completely withdraw from the joint MGCS tank development program with France.
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  1. +2
    6 September 2023
    Intending to apply to the European Defense Fund? Are they in hibernation? Since last year, such things have been financed by the Peace Foundation
    1. 0
      6 September 2023
      So why should they create something. There is also an abrams.
    2. 0
      6 September 2023
      The Peace Fund was created for something completely different, but it was reformatted for the needs of Ukraine.
      The Europeans created the Defense Fund instead of their unrealizable dream of having their own united armed forces instead of NATO. There is a fund, a small staff and a budget, too, but only our own aircraft are missing. Conducts various exercises, where it works and with whom it works.
      And these four are ready to use any opportunity to rectify the situation with their new project. Now without the French.
  2. 0
    6 September 2023
    Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden signed an agreement to create a new European tank

    Why aren’t Challengers and Leopards working anymore?

    We will burn others the same way as this Challenger.
    1. +2
      6 September 2023
      Quote: kventinasd
      Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden signed an agreement to create a new European tank

      Why aren’t Challengers and Leopards working anymore?

      We will burn others the same way as this Challenger.

      The main message: we will wet everything. whatever is sent.
      The message is correct
      Ukria is now only a testing ground for testing our and foreign equipment.
      The men are only sorry for those dying for this training ground.
  3. +3
    6 September 2023
    This has happened before - in the end - everyone quarreled and began to do each their own laughing
  4. +2
    6 September 2023
    Ya tenemos el mejor tanque europeo. El T-90
  5. 0
    6 September 2023
    The arms race is on...
    1. 0
      6 September 2023
      Quote from: dump22
      The arms race is accelerating.....

      “One cuts, the second sews, the third sews buttons” (A. Raikin) Nothing from this “joint” tank will really work.
  6. +1
    6 September 2023
    And will "contact" be welded well to this tank?
  7. +1
    6 September 2023
    This is most likely explained by the serious disagreements that arose earlier between Paris and Berlin regarding the implementation of another joint project to create the latest Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) tank, launched in 2018. This MBT was supposed to replace the German Leopard 2 and the French Leclerc by the middle of the next decade.

    Initially, the project management was entrusted to Berlin and, in theory, there should not have been any problems. Since the French Nexter and the German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), having combined their efforts to achieve this goal, created a joint venture KNDS.

    But in November last year, a third player, the German Rheinmetall, got into the project. And even between the joint venture KNDS and Rheinmetall, an agreement was reached on the division of tasks 50/50. Most likely, this ultimately became the refusal on the part of the French to participate in the joint project, since, in their opinion, Rheinmetall upset the balance of power of the participants.
  8. +1
    6 September 2023
    German newspaper: Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden signed an agreement to create a new European tank
    . And what, they will come up with an expensive toy for which no one has enough money, in the end.
  9. +1
    6 September 2023
    The NWO has gotten many joint NATO projects off the ground,
    who were too lazy to start before. Or they were too lazy to finance it.
    European military-industrial complex firms began to make a profit in 2023.
    South Korea generally jumped from 20th place to 8th in the ranking of arms exporters. belay
  10. +1
    6 September 2023
    Yeah, but before they made joint ships and joint planes, but someone always got lost along the way)))
  11. 0
    7 September 2023
    the latest tank Main Ground Combat System (MGCS),
    ... along the way, the blacks-loaders began to die ... and so the concept itself is such shit ... along the way, this is most likely a concept from a collective Western couturier
  12. 0
    7 September 2023
    History repeats itself .. neo-fascists unite ..

    The fascist past is apparently already in the DNA of the elites of these countries.
    Sweden - and in the Second World War, did not go far from fascism.
  13. 0
    7 September 2023
    Further development is interesting. The armed forces of the above countries, more and more, are losing the last drops of independence, if they had any. The national identity of European states is being completely destroyed. We continue to watch the fall of Europe.

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