France and Germany greenlight KNDS subsidiary establishment in Ukraine

By Defence Industry Europe

During a joint press conference on March 22, the defence ministers of Germany and France, Boris Pistorius and Sébastien Lecornu, announced that the KNDS company, a joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter, will establish a subsidiary in Ukraine.


As stated in a post by France’s Defence Ministry on the X social platform, the KNDS subsidiary in Ukraine aims to maintain, overhaul, and produce spare parts for defence systems provided to Ukraine by France and Germany.

Additionally, the joint venture has plans to initiate ammunition production in Ukraine. Looking to the future, there is also the possibility of manufacturing defence systems from scratch.



“We, France and Germany, are both committed to aiding Ukraine in becoming more self-sufficient in ammunition production,” said German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are currently equipped with several defence systems manufactured by KNDS companies. These include the 155mm self-propelled howitzer (Panzerhaubitze 2000, CAESAR), main battle tanks (Leopard 2), and many others.



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