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Nexter, KMW and Rheinmetall Commit to First MGCS Study

The Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) is a joint Franco-German defence programme piloted by Germany and is aimed at developing a main combat system, which will succeed the Leopard 2 tank of the Bundeswehr and the Leclerc tank of the French army from 2035. 
To launch the MGCS acquisition programme, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Nexter Systems and Rheinmetall AG created an ARGE in December 2019. Recently, the three partners signed a contract for the "System Architecture Definition Study – Part 1" (SADS Part 1), with the German Federal Office of equipment, information technology and in-service support of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw, acting on behalf of France and Germany). This contract is the starting point for the joint demonstration phase.
ARGE is a German acronym meaning "Arbeitsgemeinschaft", or "working group". It is the contractual partner of the procurement authority BAAINBw during the first phase of the programme. Representatives of the companies represent ARGE vis-à-vis third parties. The objective of the study is to harmonise the various MGCS concepts of the recent phase, to deepen the analysis and to propose a common multi-platform architecture. The three contractual partners will assess various aspects of the different concepts such as technical feasibility. 
The workload of Part 1 of the SADS will be shared equally between France and Germany. The first phase of the architectural work could last 20 months.

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