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EODH and KNDS Sign Contract for ASPIS NG System Integration on Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks

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EODH and KNDS Sign Contract for ASPIS NG System Integration on Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks

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EODH and KNDS Sign Contract for ASPIS NG System Integration on Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks
EODH and KNDS Sign Contract for ASPIS NG System Integration on Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks

EODH and KNDS extended their long lasting cooperation until 2035 with a new contract to integrate ASPIS NG Protection System to Leopard MBTs. This is a major milestone for the technological cooperation between the two companies which will bring their products into a new era enriching them with next Generation Protection Solutions and Technologies. The expertise of KMW – now KNDS Deutschland – with its global leading position in the MBTs sector is complemented by EODHs’ quarter of century performance in the protection domain and proven track record. The partnership between KNDS and EODH which was based on reliability and sustainability while fulfilling the highest quality standards has brought both companies to the point of taking the next major technological step: utilizing the EODHs’ Protection System ASPIS NG to lead the way in the protection technologies sector for the next decade. Such a strategic alliance will enable the implementation of the ASPIS NG system in the e.g. Leopard 2A8 or the recently presented Leopard 2 A-RC 30 and is part of the bridge solution until the MGCS is ready for series production and is therefore also very likely to be part of it.

As well this cooperation will surely find the interest of all so called “LeoBen” (Leopard Users) as the modularity and newest technologies used in the ASPIS Modular NG System can also be integrated in other existing MBT fleets for example the Leopard 2A4 where Greece is one of the biggest users. Last but not least the agreement will help to strengthen NATO’s and Europe’s capability to increase its resilience in the future. With a 25 years of track record, EODH has become an important Global Partner in the Development, Design and Manufacturing of all types of Protection Systems in the Defense Market, with activities in Greece, Europe and the Middle East. By providing Innovative and Tailor made Solutions for today’s specific needs. EODH became one of the Preferred Partners for protection and its key role is positively determined especially in the Design, Manufacturing and Integration of its Protection Solutions.

KNDS and EODH signed a contract for implementation of ASPIS NG Protection System into Leopard 2 Family platform
KNDS and EODH signed a contract for implementation of ASPIS NG Protection System into Leopard 2 Family platform. (Photo by EODH)

EODH is one of the few leading Suppliers and Producers of Protection Systems for the complete range of vehicles – developed for any kind of platform and cover current and upcoming threats in conventional and asymmetric deployment scenarios. The backbone of EODH is the innovative and foresight range of Passive and Active Protection Technologies. These are the origin for the design and development of comprehensive & trendsetting Survivability Solutions for All Platforms either Land, Sea or Aviation. With 20 years of track record, EODH has recourse to its own state-of-the-art Manufacturing Facility, consistently pursuing its dedicated investment and growth plans with a New state of the New Plant on the way. By providing innovative and Tailored Made Solutions for today’s specific needs EODH became one of the Preferred Partners in the LEO 2A7 production as well in other modern AFV. Its key role results on the design, manufacturing and integration of their protection solutions. Furthermore EODH is currently involved in the development and implementation of the major Projects in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

KNDS, formerly KMW+Nexter Defense Systems, is a European defence industry holding company, which is the result of a merger between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter Systems. The joint holding company is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Negotiations between the companies and the German and French governments started in Summer 2014. Support for a merger was building in both Germany and France. Presenting the project to French lawmakers in January 2015, CEOs of both companies assumed that the new holding would boost production for both manufacturers by avoiding export restrictions, especially in Germany.[5] In July 2015 the French National Assembly voted in favour of a measure that permits the privatisation of state-owned defence companies, paving the way for KMW and Nexter to join forces. On 29 July 2015, the merger between the two companies was signed in Paris, in the presence of Ursula von der Leyen and Jean-Yves le Drian.[6] It was remarked in 2015 that the corporate culture of Nexter led to outsourcing components, while that of KMW preferred to manufacture in-house.

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