Jul. 12, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)
General Dynamics considered as alternative
FRANKFURT — German defense technology group Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann is about to lose a contract worth at least 5 billion euros from Saudi Arabia, the daily Handelsblatt reported Friday.
The Saudis are losing patience over Berlin’s foot-dragging on a deal, worth US $6.5 billion, to deliver 270 Leopard combat tanks, which is the subject of fierce controversy in Germany, the newspaper said.
As a result, Riyadh is considering awarding the contract to US giant General Dynamics.
Handelsblatt also reported that KMW was in “advanced” merger talks with French rival Nexter.