In 2015, KMW and Nexter decided to found KNDS, a strategic alliance in the land defense sector, with its Headquarter located in Amsterdam. Since then, we - two of the foremost European suppliers of military land systems from France and Germany - are operating in a coordinated way, with KMW and Nexter operational headquarters maintained in Munich and Versailles. KNDS forms a Group of 7,329 employees, with an annual turnover of 2.7 billion euro, an order backlog of around 9.2 billion euro. The range of its products includes main battle tanks, armored vehicles, artillery systems, weapons systems including robotics, ammunition, military bridges, customer services, battle management systems, training solutions, protection solutions and a wide range of equipment. (2017 figures) Several centuries of technical expertise, pioneering spirit and tradition drive us forward with our common project: Technological excellence and innovation without compromise.
Today more than ever, our armed forces need high-quality, reliable and innovative products that enable them to fulfill their missions in the best possible way. By creating KNDS, we accepted a common challenge to which we respond with common industrial projects. Our respective product ranges and technologies complement each other and are at the forefront internationally, as are our employees who develop, manufacture and support these products.
In 2015 we started a Franco-German success story. Today, our ambition is only stronger: Shaping European Land Defense, Dedicated To Those Protecting Us.