Rheinmetall, acting on the German government’s request, has resumed supplying Ukraine with Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), with a contract awarded in May 2023.
The contract is valued at a figure in the lower two-digit million euro range and delivery is expected this summer, stated the company.
On March 21, 2023, Rheinmetall delivered the initial batch of twenty Marder IFVs to Ukraine. Additionally, Ukraine received an additional twenty of these tracked armored vehicles directly from the existing inventory of the Bundeswehr.
“In addition to the Marders ordered to date, Rheinmetall can make a further sixty available. Work on this is already underway at Rheinmetall’s plants in Kassel and Unterlüß. Up to ten infantry fighting vehicles can be delivered per month,” stated the company.
Besides Ukraine, as part of the German government’s “Ringtausch” program, Greece is also set to acquire forty Marder IFVs. These too are to be shipped this summer.
Rheinmetall has refurbished the Marder 1A3 systems, which were previously owned by the Bundeswehr, to enhance their combat readiness. The restoration process began in the spring of 2022.
The new delivery is part of the “RingSwap” program, a collaborative initiative among Germany, its European neighbors, and NATO partners, aimed at providing support to Ukraine in its ongoing conflict against Russian aggression.