KMW and Rheinmetall face to face in court on May 2 over intellectual property Leopard 2

In recent months, CEO Armin Papperger of the German industrial giant Rheinmetall has often made the headlines in the specialist press. Not because he recorded significant commercial successes, but because of often spectacular declarations, particularly around the subject of present and future armored programs, in Germany and in Europe. Thus, during an interview given to the Swiss news site Neue Zürcher Zeitung, it declared that Rheinmetall held the intellectual property rights of Leopard 2A4, on which the new KF51 battle tank is based Panther. Obviously, the statement was not at all to the liking of Krauss Maffei Wegmann, the German company that designed the Leopard 2, and which produces all the chassis for all versions of the armored vehicle, Rheinmetall producing the turret and the gun. Faced with Armin Papperger's refusal to retract his statements, KMW took Rheinmetall to court, the two groups meeting on May 2 at the Munich court to settle the dispute.

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