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European MBT programmes make tracks and try to find a path forward

8th July 2024 - 17:45 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Italy's effort need to replace its Ariete MBTs is a large and looming requirement. (Photo: Italian Army)

European MBT programmes over the next decade or two could result in orders up to US$10 billion with orders occurring and plans for purchases predicted to refresh ageing fleets.

Last week’s move by Rheinmetall and Leonardo to form a joint venture to tap into Italy’s large MBT requirement and get a foot in the door with the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), along with last month’s bullish attitude towards the vehicles at Eurosatory, has highlighted the demand and the value of the market.

The moves by larger European countries to more rapidly advance their procurement programmes and snap up refurbished older editions comes in the light of a continuing land war in Ukraine which has reminded countries of the threat of conventional war.

France and Germany kick-start replacement programmes


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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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