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Test vehicle MARDER 2 armored infantry fighting vehicle

The picture shows the Test vehicle MARDER 2 armored infantry fighting vehicle.

Test vehicle MARDER 2 armored infantry fighting vehicle (Source: BWB / WTS)Größere Abbildung anzeigen

Considerations concerning the development of a successor for the MARDER 1 armored infantry fighting vehicle fielded in 1971 began within the project "Kampfwagen 90" (Fighting Vehicle 90).

The following requirements were to be met:

  • a minimum dismounted strength of 7 soldiers
  • capabilities equivalent to that of the main battle tank Leopard 2, i.e. firing on the move (gun tracking system) and equivalent mobility
  • main gun for an effective range of up to 2000 m, minimum combat load of 300 rounds
  • partial protection against 30 mm machine cannon rounds, optional protection against bomblets
  • signature reduction measures
  • better ergonomic working conditions for the fire team.

The development began with the preparation of the tactical requirements in 1984. It was envisaged to procure 1000 vehicles from 1997 to 2001.

A concept for contract definition and realization was awarded to Krauss-Maffei, and already in September 1991 they delivered the test vehicle VT 001 that is shown here. The prototype turned out to be a compact but spacious fighting vehicle with a state of the art armament system in a rotating turret, the latest protection components and high mobility. For the first time a main gun was used, the performance of which could be adopted to the requirements by the changing barrel (35 mm and 50 mm) and thus changing the calibre.

There were few unpredictable development risks because the requirements could be met by technologies that were already available. But then again, the combat weight increased to more than 43 tons, which was no longer considered appropriate.

The political changes in central Europe including the changed threat situation led to the termination of the development activities together with other recent projects in 1992.

Instead, the MARDER 1 has received several upgrades up to this date, particularly in the field of weapon optics and vehicle and crew protection, which guarantee its operational readiness.

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