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Eurosatory 2022: Panther KF51 prowls into Paris

13th June 2022 - 14:15 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Paris

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The Panther KF51 was unveiled on 13 June during the opening day of Eurosatory 2022. (Photo: Sam Beal)

Rheinmetall self-funded the development of the new Panther KF51 MBT, which the German company launched on the first day of Eurosatory 2022.

Rheinmetall unveiled its Panther KF51 on the opening day of Eurosatory 2022, claiming that the tank ‘is the first fully digitalised MBT concept’ designed for the battlefield of the future.

Development of the Panther KF51 MBT involved internal R&D funding from Rheinmetall and leveraged its extensive experience in a number of key areas of MBT technologies including lethality, survivability and situational awareness.

The Panther KF51 MBT uses Leopard 2 components in its bare chassis but with a brand new turret. Its main armament is the Rheinmetall 130mm L/52 smoothbore gun, rebranded as the Future Gun System (FGS). The gun was

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