Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
Defence contractor KNDS has been commissioned by the Bundeswehr procurement office (BAAINBw) to replace the DINGO 2 wheeled armored vehicles previously transferred by the Bundeswehr to Ukraine. The resupply project encompasses a framework agreement for 50 DINGO 2 protected command and special-function vehicles (GFF) of the A4 variant.
The resupply project encompasses a spare parts and logistics package in addition to the vehicle system.
With over 1,200 vehicles delivered to ten countries, the DINGO is the best-protected wheeled vehicle in its class. The DINGO is the system platform for a wide variety of vehicles in special-purpose roles, including patrol, AC reconnaissance, ambulance, command post and recovery.
KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, two of the leading European manufacturers of military land systems based in Germany and France.
KNDS forms a Group of around 9,000 employees, with a 2022 turnover of 3.2 billion euro, an order backlog of around 11 billion euro and incoming orders of 3.4 billion euro. The range of its products includes main battle tanks, armored vehicles, artillery systems, weapons systems, ammunition, military bridges, customer services, battle management systems, training solutions, protection solutions and a wide range of equipment.
The formation of KNDS represents the beginning of consolidation in land defense systems industry in Europe. The strategic alliance between KMW and Nexter enhances both groups’ competitiveness and international positions, as well as their ability to meet the needs of their respective national army. In addition, it offers to its European and NATO customers the opportunity of increased standardization and interoperability for their defense equipment, with a dependable industrial base.
KNDS headquarters are based in Amsterdam.