One would have thought that the Franco-German KNDS group only considered the EMBT tank as a technological demonstrator, with the new Leopard 2A8, and the future, but still mysterious, Leopard 2AX proposed, in addition, to Italy . However, it is the EMBT, and not the Leopard 2A8, which is being highlighted by the group in Egypt, at the EDEX 2023 show .
The EMBT tank presented at the EDEX 2023 exhibition as an alternative for the Egyptian Army
In a press release published on December 4 , KNDS presents, in fact, the different equipment that is presented during the EDEX exhibition, which is held from December 4 to 7 in Cairo. Beyond the CAESAR, VBCI MkII T40 and other ARX30 turrets, the group places emphasis, in this press release, on the EMBT tank, presented explicitly as an alternative for the Egyptian armed forces.
As such, the EMBT is no longer presented, as was the case during the Eurosatory 2022 show, as a technological demonstrator more or less part of the MGCS program, but as a 4th generation tank with specific attributes, such as a 22-round automatic loader for its 120 mm cannon, a 7-wheel chassis, as well as a 1500 hp engine.
It is also presented as an alternative to equip the Egyptian armies, therefore as a prototype paving the way for industrial production, highlighting its ARX30 turret which can provide anti-drone protection with a new airburst ammunition soon available, a system Hard Kill active protection (undefined), and above all, the real innovation of this model, a fourth crew member having the function of systems operator.
The Egyptian armed forces, a strategic market in the crosshairs of the South Korean K2 Black Panther
It must be said that the Egyptian armies represent a strategic market in the field of battle tanks. These field, in fact, more than 5,000 heavy and medium tanks, including 1,300 M1A1 Abrams, 500 T-62s and 800 T-55s, as well as more than 2,700 M60 Pattons. In fact, the potential for modernization is considerable, with no less than 4,000 tanks obsolete and in need of replacement to date (M60, T-62, T-55).
This market is all the more attractive as tensions in the Middle East encourage these countries to increase their investments in the field of land weapons, after having produced, in past years, significant efforts in the air and naval fields.
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