European Agreement on Future Medium Armored Vehicles


Released on Monday, April 3, 2006
France
Germany
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
KMW - Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
LOI - Letter of Intent
MoU - Memorandum of Understanding
The CEO's of French Giat Industries and German KMW, Luc Vigneron and Frank Haun, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly work on a Medium Size Multirole Armored Fighting Vehicle. The signature underlines the strong willingness of both companies, which are each the leaders in their respective national land vehicle markets, to lead the way in Europe towards a commonly defined military vehicle project based on joint requirements. Such efforts have since long been requested from all leading European governments.

The MoU comprises commonly funded activities for the concept of a 6x6 vehicle demonstrator with a total weight of less than 20 tons. A first demonstrator is expected to be ready by 2010. This meets the requirements of the five LoI (Letter of Intent) countries, who signed a so called Common Staff Target for a Medium Size Multirole Armored Fighting Vehicle. In addition, export prospects to other allied forces in this category are regarded as highly possible.

The basic platform will serve for a comprehensive range of military mission variants: fighting vehicles, air defense-, engineering- and fire support-systems, other mission fields such as ambulance, recovery, repairs, mortar, anti-tank, NBC, command & control and reconnaissance. In addition, the vehicle will benefit from features such as maximum crew protection and mobility that are far beyond the standards of existing vehicles in this weight class.

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