KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, two of the leading European manufacturers of military land systems based in Germany and France.
KNDS forms a Group of 8,270 employees, with a 2020 turnover of 2.4 billion euro, an order backlog of around 10.6 billion euro and an order intake of 3.3 billion euro. The range of its products includes main battle tanks, armored vehicles, artillery systems, weapons systems, ammunition, military bridges, customer services, battle management systems, training solutions, protection solutions and a wide range of equipment.
The formation of KNDS represents the beginning of consolidation in land defense systems industry in Europe. The strategic alliance between KMW and Nexter enhances both groups’ competitiveness and international positions, as well as their ability to meet the needs of their respective national army. In addition, it offers to its European and NATO customers the opportunity of increased standardization and interoperability for their defense equipment, with a dependable industrial base.
December 15, 2020
Five years after the merger of KMW and Nexter under the joint holding KNDS, the Group’s governance has been restructured. The shareholders decided to streamline the governance structure by establishing a single Board of Directors consisting of the CEO, Mr. Frank Haun, and nine other members. An executive committee, balanced between France and Germany, supports the board of directors and the CEO in the management of KNDS going forward.
June 20, 2018
KMW and Nexter welcomed the announcement by the French and German governments on the joint development of a new Main Ground Combat System. The Letter Of Intent was a significant step forward in the defense cooperation between the two countries and in Europe.
June 11-15, 2018
When Eurosatory opened its doors in June 2018, an exceptional battle tank sat on display at the KMW and Nexter joint stand. This hybrid, by the name of EMBT, created from the hull of the LEOPARD 2 and the turret of the Leclerc, quickly drew interest from numerous trade fair visitors. As the first joint step towards the European Main Battle Tank (EMBT), this new tank demonstrates, above all, successful cooperation between the KMW and Nexter teams. From a common idea, in just 15 months they developed a functional demonstrator which impressively displayed its mobility and accuracy at a test site.
Composed of proven and tested technologies, the EMBT is a short-term response to the operational need of the market for high-intensity battle tanks. The demonstrator illustrates the progress of the integration of KNDS, whose combined skills make it the legitimate and essential industrial actor of the Franco-German next generation tank program MGCS.
June 13.-17., 2016
Only a few months after the founding of KNDS, KMW and Nexter successfully presented themselves together at the world's most important defense technology trade fair of the year: Eurosatory 2016. For the first time, KMW and Nexter employees worked together on a challenging project that also received enormous public attention. This laid the foundation for a convincing collaboration.
December 15, 2015
After all required approvals have been obtained, KMW and Nexter have completed their association on 15 December 2015. From now on, two of the leading European manufacturers of military land systems based in France and Germany will operate jointly under the umbrella of a holding company under Dutch law with headquarters in Amsterdam. This was not only the beginning of cooperation, but also of growing together.