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Cingolani: Towards a European Defence Space

“The industrial and technological synergies between Leonardo and Rheinmetall represent a unique opportunity to develop cutting-edge tanks and infantry vehicles. We see this agreement as a fundamental contribution towards the creation of a European defense space,” mentioned Roberto Cingolani, CEO of Leonardo.

The future European Mgcs

The joint word says that “the joint venture, based in Italy, will be the Lead system integrator, prime contractor and system integrator, in both the Italian MBT and AICS programs and will also define the roadmap for participation in the future European Main ground combat system (MGCS). In fact, the purpose of the alliance is also Leonardo's entry into the international table for the realization of the project of the future European heavy tank, called MGCS, an initiative promoted by France and Germany, which have the strongest industries in a very fragmented sector.

The division of labor

In the Mbt and Aics programs – says the joint press release – the mission systems, electronic suites and the integration of the weapons systems will be developed and produced by Leonardo based on the requirements of the Italian client. “The applied sciences developed will type the premise for the event of the longer term European Mbt (MGCS) and of the brand new variations aimed toward worldwide export. With the Panther, a newly developed tank, and the brand new Lynx infantry preventing automobile, Rheinmetall has an sufficient fundamental know-how on which to construct each applications”, says the note.

In Italy 60% of the assembly

According to the joint press launch, the ultimate meeting traces, automobile homologation exams, supply actions and logistics assist will likely be carried out in Italy with an Italian share of 60%. The implementation of the MoU will likely be topic to prior approval by the competent regulatory authorities, together with the European Commission and the respective nationwide competitors authorities.