German ground arms company Rheinmetall will supply Ukraine with 20 more Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) at the request of the German government, with the platforms to be delivered this summer.
Awarded in May, the contract order is valued in the “low double-digit million euro range” according to Rheinmetall. The company shipped the first of 20 previously awarded Marder IFVs to Ukraine in March, with another 20 vehicles delivered directly from existing Bundeswehr stocks.
In addition to the Marders ordered to date, Rheinmetall may have another 60 available, according to the June 23 release, with work on this already underway at Rheinmetall’s plants in Kassel and Unterlüß. Up to ten infantry fighting vehicles can be delivered per month.
With the additional awards and the potential for further deliveries, Ukraine could receive up to 120 Marder IFVs, with additional vehicles likely to serve to replace battlefield losses as its counteroffensive against Russia continues.
Also, as part of the German government’s “Ringtausch” program, Greece will also receive 40 Marder IFVs, which are also due to be delivered this summer.
“Ringtausch” is a multilateral equipment exchange program designed to support Ukraine’s war effort in the face of Russian aggression. Working with Germany’s European neighbors and NATO partners, Soviet-era heavy equipment is being transferred to Ukraine in exchange for surplus Western-made systems.
Rheinmetall participates in various “Ringtausch” exchanges involving the armed forces of Greece, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The vehicles available are refurbished Marder 1A3 systems formerly owned by the Bundeswehr. Already in the spring of 2022, Rheinmetall Landsysteme has begun to restore the infantry fighting vehicles to a state of immediate combat readiness at its own expense at its facilities in Unterlüß and Kassel.
Developed for the Bundeswehr and still in service with the German Army, the Marder IFV has been modernized over its 50-plus years of service, with the Marder 1A5 being the most recent iteration.
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