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KNDS and LEONARDO form strategic alliance

Under the auspices of the Italian Ministry  of Defense, Leonardo and KNDS have signed an agreement for further development  of a more intensive cooperation. The aim is to create a truly European Defense Group  and, in addition, to cooperate more closely in the field of land based electronics. 

Such a strategic alliance will enable the implementation of programs in cooperation  among European nations, by strengthening their national industrial base and  developing the future generation of armored vehicle platforms, including Main Ground  Combat System (MGCS). 

This alliance supports the strategy defined by the Italian MoD in the Documento  Programmatico Difesa 2023-2025 and in the Action Plan of the Agreement recently  signed by the Governments of Italy and Germany. 

In addition, Leonardo and KNDS have also signed an Agreement to jointly implement  the planned Main Battle Tank (MBT) procurement programme with a solution based on  LEOPARD 2 A8. The Companies will collaborate in the development, manufacturing  and maintenance of the LEOPARD 2 A8 solution for the Italian Army, as well as the  support platforms. 

The alliance between Leonardo and KNDS aims to create further production and  development capabilities in Italy and to use these for future European and export  projects. 

The Italian Ministry of Defence is currently working on two major programs for the  renewal of its Land Forces: firstly, the procurement of the LEOPARD MBT with support vehicles and, secondly, new Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) under the programme name AICS plus combat support systems.

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