Controlled ‘Europeanisation’? The KMW–Nexter merger and the Germany’s new strategy for the arms industry Cover Image

Controlled ‘Europeanisation’? The KMW–Nexter merger and the Germany’s new strategy for the arms industry
Controlled ‘Europeanisation’? The KMW–Nexter merger and the Germany’s new strategy for the arms industry

Author(s): Justyna Gotkowska
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy, Geopolitics
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Europeanisation; KMW–Nexter; arms industry
Summary/Abstract: On 29 July a deal was signed in Paris concerning a merger between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Germany’s largest manufacturer of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery systems, and its French counterpart Nexter. The new holding formed as a result of the merger will be Europe’s largest producer of arms systems for land forces, comparable to the Airbus Group in the aerospace industry. While work on finalising the merger was underway, the German government was developing a new strategy for Germany’s arms industry, which was published on 9 June 2015. The strategy’s provisions show that German politicians, despite holding negative opinions on previous mergers between German arms companies and foreign businesses, have concluded that consolidation at the European level is nonetheless the only way to go. However, the strategy also states that the German government should exercise more influence than previously on the terms and conditions of any such consolidation. To this end, it identified key national technologies which will be supported and protected through various instruments, including also the conclusion of intergovernmental agreements on strategic defence co-operation. Such agreements may regulate questions such as the ownership structures of the new companies, the locations for developing technologies and for manufacturing products, subcontractors and exports of jointly developed arms and military equipment. In relation to the KMW–Nexter merger, such a deal between France and Germany is expected to be signed this autumn.

  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English