In August 2023, the German government awarded Rheinmetall a contract to provide an additional 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, valued at a substantial sum in the tens of millions of euros. Rheinmetall is actively progressing with the refurbishment of these older vehicles to ensure the timely fulfillment of the contract, with deliveries scheduled to commence in 2023.
This new order increases the total count of Marder vehicles to be supplied to Ukraine by Rheinmetall to a total of eighty. The initial shipment of twenty infantry fighting vehicles, initially ordered by the German government for Ukraine, was dispatched on March 21, 2023. Furthermore, an additional 20 Rheinmetall IFVs were ordered in June 2023 and are currently undergoing refurbishment before being delivered.
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The available vehicles are refurbished Marder 1A3 systems that were previously in the possession of the Bundeswehr. As of spring 2022, Rheinmetall commenced the process of restoring these infantry fighting vehicles to a state of immediate combat readiness at its own expense.
Work is already underway at Rheinmetall’s plants in Kassel and Unterlub. The Group can deliver up to ten infantry fighting vehicles a month.
Developed for the Bundeswehr and still in service with the German Army, the Marder infantry fighting vehicle numbers among the most reliable weapons systems of its kind anywhere. Steadily modernized, the vehicle has undergone repeated combat upgrades in the course of its career.