Hellenic Army Receives First Batch Of Marder 1A3 Tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles From Germany
Hellenic Military obtained the primary batch of Marder 1A3 tracked infantry preventing automobiles (IFVs) from the German authorities on 17 October as a part of a collection of agreements to switch 40 of the IFVs to the Hellenic Military in change for Greece supplying 40 of its BMP-1 tracked IFVs to Ukraine. Greece was scheduled to take supply of 10 Marders round 21 October. The assertion was in response to a parliamentary query submitted on 5 October by member of parliament George Tsipras on the timeline for the change settlement with Germany and elevating considerations that the switch of Hellenic Military materiel to Ukraine would end in defence functionality gaps.
The Marders are being delivered to Greece below a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the Hellenic Ministry of Nationwide Defence and the German Federal Ministry of Defence on 16 September. Below the phrases of the MOU, Germany will cowl the prices of transporting the Marders to Greece and also will furnish ammunition for the automobiles’ 20 mm MK 20 Rh 202 cannons and spare components, in addition to present coaching for Greek crews. An extra batch of 10 automobiles was anticipated to reach in Greece by the tip of November. The Marders provided to Greece will originate from Rheinmetall’s shares of surplus automobiles.
The Marder 1A3 tracked infantry preventing automobiles (IFVs) that Hellenic Military obtained from Germany as a part of the Ringtausch (Multilateral change) idea are an upgraded model of the Marder (which means “marten” in German) household of automobiles. Armor safety upgrades, hatch rearrangement for the infantry part, suspension reinforcement, a brand new braking system, gearbox change, and turret reconfiguration have been among the many modifications made to Marders as a part of the A3 improve program, which started in 1988. A extra highly effective engine for the car was additionally deliberate as a part of the improve program, however it couldn’t be carried out as a result of price range cuts on the time.
The Schützenpanzer Marder 1 is a German infantry preventing car designed to be used with the German Panzergrenadiere models (mechanized infantry specialised). Major armament is the 20 mm Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh202 autocannon, which is mounted within the small two-man turret and might fireplace both armour-piercing or HE rounds. Mounted coaxially to the left of the cannon is a 7.62 mm MG3 machine gun. These automobiles will also be outfitted with MILAN anti-tank guided missiles as an choice. The car, which weighs 35 tons, can transport three crew members and 6 troopers within the rear troop compartment. These IFVs can journey at 65kph and have a 500-kilometer vary because of an MTU MB Ea-500 six-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine that produces 600 horsepower.
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