KMW, Brazil sign tank support deal

Nov. 9, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The Brazilian army has signed an industrial logistic support contract with Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for its Leopard 1A5 tanks.

Work during the five-year contract will be conducted by the newly founded KMW subsidiary, KMW do Brasil.

The contract covers more than 220 Leopard 1A5s and other vehicles of the Leopard product family, as well as a large number of simulators and training equipment.

KMW will conduct the largest part of the assignment in close cooperation with the currently established development, assembly and service center for land systems, its South American subsidiary KMW do Brasil Sistemas Militares Ltda.

The Brazilian army ordered 220 Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks as well as peripheral systems from KMW. The delivery of the tanks and systems will be completed this year.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. leads the European market for armored wheeled and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey and the United States, some 3,500 employees develop, manufacture and support a product portfolio ranging from air-transportable, heavily armored wheeled vehicles through reconnaissance, anti-aircraft and artillery systems to heavy battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and bridge-laying systems.

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