The Bundeswehr has contracted with Rheinmetall to implement new measures to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle. In order to maintain the operational readiness of this tracked vehicle, the transmission of 71 Marder 1A5 vehicles will be replaced.
German Army Marder 1A5 IFV (Image source: Army Recognition)
During the period 2020-2023, Rheinmetall will supply the German army with a total of 78 conversion kits as well as vehicle tool kits and special tools, logistics support, an initial spare parts store, as well only training and instruction. The order is worth approximately 110 million euros, including VAT. The service life extension will maintain and expand the capabilities of the Marder, which the Bundeswehr first deployed in 1971.
As a first step in the transmission replacement, a new power unit will be installed in all vehicles, which will increase the Marder’s engine power from 600 to over 750 hp. The new power unit will significantly improve the responsiveness of the proven vehicle. Here, the Bundeswehr opted for a new, highly advanced and future-oriented solution from renowned German manufacturers.
As part of a comprehensive development contract, Marder’s fleet has already undergone a major modernization. For example, the new MELLS multirole light anti-tank guided missile system has recently been integrated into various versions of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle, while a new driver’s vision system, a thermal imaging sighting device and a fire detection and extinguishing systems have also been ordered. Serial contracts have already been awarded for parts of this lifespan extension, with the performance improvements now reaching the troops.
Above all, these life extension measures aim to eliminate known obsolete elements of the Marder. Here, individual measures can be supplied in the form of modular conversion kits and – as part of planned maintenance operations, for example – integrated in order to ensure immediate vehicle availability.
Awarded to Rheinmetall in December 2019, this Bundeswehr order has the potential to drive more life extension measures both at home and abroad. Besides Germany, the armed forces of Chile, Indonesia and Jordan all use the Marder infantry fighting vehicle. As a system developer and supplier, Rheinmetall has immense expertise and experience with the Marder. The weapon system first rolled off the assembly lines of the predecessor of the company now known as Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH in Kassel. Extremely reliable and battle-tested, the Marder is set to serve as an important asset to German mechanized infantry units for many years to come, although the Bundeswehr is currently taking delivery of the last of 350 Puma infantry fighting vehicles intended for it. replace.