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Rheinmetall KF51 Panther Main Battle Tank Being Developed in Zalaegerszeg

Text: Márton Navarrai Mészáros | Photo: Kinga Szováthy, rheinmetall.com |  11:38 December 18, 2023

Prof. László Palkovics, PhD, CEO of the national defence industry innovation company N7 Holding Ltd, Paul Walf, CEO of the Rheinmetall Hungary Ltd and Björn Bernhard, PhD, CEO of the Rheinmetall Landsysteme signed a cooperation agreement on the development of a new generation KF51 Panther Main Battle Tank in Zalaegerszeg on Thursday, 14 December.


This day is an important milestone for the strategic partnership between the Hungarian government and Rheinmetall, it was said at the signing ceremony held in the Rheinmetall plant in Zalaegerszeg opened in August.

“KF51 Panther is the most well-developed main battle tank in the world, and with this development cooperation, we open the way for preparation for mass production. There is a reason to be proud today as after enhancing the production of the Lynx KF41, the state-of-the-art infantry fighting vehicle this year, we are going to play a major role in the development of the next generation main battle tank in Zalaegerszeg” – said Paul Walf, CEO.

The leader of Rheinmetall Hungary Ltd underlined that this cooperation also means that the development and engineering capacity of the company will get a new boost in the future, and they will begin to further expand their team as soon as possible. “Panther KF51 EVO will set a new standard in the field of digitalization, network connectivity and mobility while offering a unique growing potential. An example for this is the tower architecture, which makes possible the future transition from the 120 mm howitzer system to the newest 130 mm howitzer of Rheinmetall” – he emphasized.


After signing the cooperation agreement, the parties also signed the symbolic item of the signing ceremony, a plaque with the main battle tank on it, then they shortly expressed their engagement for the joint work. The first public appearance of the KF51 Panther developed by Rheinmetall was last summer at the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition in Paris.