FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German tank maker and auto supplier Rheinmetall <RHMG.DE> aims to take a majority stake in Franco-German KMW + Nexter Defence Systems (KNDS), German daily Welt am Sonntag reported.
Rheinmetall's executive board told analysts that is aiming for a stake that could go up to 75 percent if the company merges its own activities into KNDS, the paper said, adding that alternatively a cooperation agreement between the companies was an option.
The companies were not available for comment.
Rheinmetall said last month that it was in talks about buying a stake in KNDS, adding that the transaction depended on a variety of political, economic and regulatory factors.
(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Keith Weir)