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Marder infantry fighting vehicle

Marder is a German tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in service with the German Army since 1971.

Marder IFV was designed by Rheinmetall Landsysteme between 1960 and 1969 and manufactured by the same company from 1969 until 1975.

A total of 2,136 Marder infantry fighting vehicles have been built with a price per unit of $390,000 in 1975.

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Marder 1A1 and Marder A2 variants have a mass of 28.5 t (31.4 short tons), while the Marder 1A3 has a mass of 33.5 t (36.9 short tons).

The heaviest version is Marder 1A5 with a weight of 37.4 t (41.2 short tons).

Marder IFV has a length of 6.79 m (22 ft 3 in), a width of 3.24 m (10 ft 8 in), a height of 2.98 m (9 ft 9 in), and a ground clearance of 0.45 m (18 in).

The crew consists of three (3) persons and can carry six or seven passengers.

The hull is made of welded steel, Marder offering protection up to 20 mm APDS DM43 from 0 m and 25 mm APDS from 200 m (220 yds).

As main armament, Marder IFV uses a 20 mm Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh 202 automatic cannon with 1,250 rounds and MILAN ATGM launcher.

As secondary armament, it is fitted with a 7.62 mm MG3 machine gun with 5,000 rounds.

Marder is powered by a 591 hp (441 kW) MTU MB 833 Ea-500 diesel engine coupled to a RENK HSWL 194 transmission.

It has a power-to-weight ratio of 15.7 kW/t (21.1 hp/t) and uses a torsion bar suspension.

Having a fuel capacity of 652 L (143 imp gal; 172 US gal), Marder has a maximum operational range of 520 km.

Marder 1A2 variant can reach a maximum on-road speed of 75 km/h (47 mph), being slightly faster than the Marder 1A3 that has a maximum speed of 65 km/h (40 mph).

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