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Land Warfare

France and Germany sign new MGCS agreement

29th April 2020 - 09:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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France and Germany have signed two new agreements for the development of a new innovative Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), to be led by the German armed forces.

The programme seeks to find a replacement for the French Leclerc MBT and the German Leopard 2 MBT (pictured). This is likely to take place in the mid-2030s.

Financing is to be split equally between the two European partners with both receiving sufficient intellectual property rights for any future use of the developments made.

The French and German defence ministers also signed an Implementing Arrangement 1 which sets out the framework for commissioning a two-year system architecture definition study. This process is a perquisite for the development of a technology demonstrator used to check the MGCS.

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