The KNDS Group was able to book a confirmed order intake of € 4,375 million in 2019 – a significant increase over the previous year (€ 3,514 million). The order backlog grew by 23.5 percent compared to 2018 and stands at € 9,633 million plus conditional tranches and options (€ 4,000 million). A large share of this was accounted for by the order for more than 500 Boxer wheeled vehicles from the UK, the orders for PUMA VJTF infantry fighting vehicles and Leopard 2 main battle tanks for the German Bundeswehr, as well as the GRIFFON and the JAGUAR for Belgium, the TITUS IMV wheeled vehicle for the Czech Republic and the Danish order for further CAESAR artillery systems. Sales also increased to € 2,539 million, well above the 2018 figure (€ 2,245 million). The number of employees was increased by 328 to 7,873 by the end of 2019.
On course for joint products
The integration of KMW and Nexter continues to move forward. This includes joint projects related to tanks, artillery, ammunition and armored vehicles. One key project is the EMBT (European Main Battle Tank), consisting of a German Leopard chassis and a French Leclerc turret, which was presented as a demonstrator at the international defence and security exhibition Eurosatory 2018. KNDS has made steady progress in developing this project to match market needs and short/mid-term availability.