Dr. Kurt Braatz
Senior Vice President
Strategy and Corporate Communications
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
The leading developer and manufacturer of military robotic land systems in Europe, Milrem Robotics, and the German systems house for main battle tanks and combat systems Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement. The contract provides for KMW to acquire a minority stake of 24.9% in Milrem Robotics.
Milrem Robotics will remain as an independent company.
Both companies announced they will work closely together in development of the European Center of Excellence for Military Robotics in Estonia.
The objective is to combine the know-how and expertise of both companies to develop innovative solutions to meet the requirements of future military missions involving the interaction of manned and unmanned systems.
"We intend to become the European centre of excellence for unmanned technology and robotics innovations. The partnership with KMW facilitates further innovations for future products and services, especially in the area of the teaming of manned and unmanned systems and sensor-to-shooter solutions," emphasised Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.
"KMW as the European market leader for land systems and Milrem Robotics as the European market leader for unmanned land systems are an excellent fit. Our collaboration gives us the opportunity to work on innovative and new solutions that will impact the future of the defence industry. In addition, further synergies are also expected from this cooperation in the context of KNDS," says Horst Rieder, CFO of KMW.
The objective of the cooperation on the part of KMW is the integration of modern leading robotics systems into KMW's technology systems.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a company belonging to the Franco-German defence technology group KNDS, is the market leader in Europe for heavily armoured wheel and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, United Kingdom, Mexico, Singapore and the USA, more than 4,000 employees develop, manufacture and support a comprehensive product portfolio. This ranges from air-transportable and heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) to reconnaissance air defence and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, remote controlled howitzer 155, self-propelled howitzer 2000, DONAR* and AGM) to main battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), armoured infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridge-laying systems. It also includes command and information systems as well as remote-controlled gun mounts with reconnaissance and observation equipment. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG also has extensive system expertise in the areas of civilian and military simulation. The armed forces of more than 50 countries around the world rely on KMW deployment systems.
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