BERLIN: France and Germany have signed agreements to develop a new generation tank to equip their two armies from the mid-2030s, the German Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Nicknamed the main ground combat system (MGCS), the tank project rubs shoulders with a future jet fighter planned as part of pivotal military cooperation between the two neighbors. The agreement announced Tuesday includes a so-called “framework agreement” detailing how the project will be organized, as well as an “implementation agreement” defining the specifications for the new combat vehicle.
The two agreements were signed by French Defense Minister Florence Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the German Defense Ministry said in a statement. “With this project, Germany and France are sending an important signal for European cooperation in defense policy,” said the ministry.
The project will be led by Germany, Berlin and Paris, each bearing half the cost. It is “intended to replace the German Leopard 2 tanks and the French Leclerc tanks from the mid-2030s,” according to the ministry.
In February, France and Germany gave the green light to build a prototype new generation fighter plane in Europe, effectively launching a project long hampered by conflicts over the distribution of industrial work.
The 150 million euro ($ 162 million) contract, funded equally by the two countries, aims to create stealth delta wing jet prototypes as well as integrated drones and network infrastructure for the new system. here 2026.