Germany and France are considering cooperation on developing a successor to the tank "Leopard 2." The current model has been in service since 1979, and aging Bundeswehr equipment is currently in stark focus.
The German Defense Ministry announced its plans for the "Leo 3" (as it's likely to be nicknamed in Germany) in a report on Friday to the Bundestag, which was obtained by multiple media outlets.
"Technologies and concepts will be investigated between 2015 and 2018 in joint studies also involving German industry," Markus Grübel, a deputy minister in the German Defense Ministry told his parliamentary colleagues. He cited the Leopard 2's long years of service as the reason that a new battle tank was required.
Note: The Germans and French are just getting started, so they are going to take a bit of time to sort out what they want (3 years). Then do the design.
The above is a fan art. Its amusingly close to what fans imagined the T-14 Armata was going to look like (but lacking a pair of crazy 20mm guns). The reality of the T-14 is rather different than the fan conception.