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Marder 2

Infantry fighting vehicle

Marder 2 IFV

In terms of protection the Marder 2 IFV outperformed many contemporary main battle tanks

Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Personnel 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 43 t
Length 6.8 m
Width 3.2 m
Height 2.8 m
Main gun 35-mm / 50-mm
ATGW PARS-3MR launcher
Machine gun 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine MTU MB-883 diesel
Engine power 1 000 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 70%
Side slope 50%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.2 m


   With the introduction of the Leopard 2 main battle tank in 1979 a decision has been made to develop a new infantry fighting vehicle with similar protection and mobility. In 1987 development contract has been awarded to Krauss-Maffei company. In 1991 field trials of the new Marder 2 IFV began. It is claimed that field trials were successful. It was planned that the Marder 2 will enter service with the German Army in 1998 and replace the previous Marder IFV. However vehicle was not accepted to service due to the funding problems. With the end of the Cold War the new vehicle was no longer required, so the project was cancelled.

   Comparing with the original Marder, the Marder 2 is an entirely new vehicle, which shares only the name and general layout.

   The Marder 2 IFV uses Chobham armor of the second generation. Vehicle has add-on armor in key areas. Its front arc withstands 120 - 125-mm projectiles. In terms of protection the Marder 2 outperformed many contemporary main battle tanks. This armored vehicle weights 43 t, which is more than initial production version of the Soviet T-72 main battle tank. Because of this reason the Marder 2 is sometimes referred as a heavy infantry fighting vehicle.

   This IFV is fitted with a two-man turret, armed with a fully-stabilized Rheinmetall Rh-503 twin-caliber automatic cannon. This gun has interchangeable barrels and uses 35-mm or 50-mm ammunition. It fires APFSDS-T and HE rounds. The Marder 2 is also fitted with a PARS-3MR anti-tank guided missile launcher. Missiles have laser guidance and tandem HE warhead. It has a range of 2 000 m. Secondary armament consists of a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   The Marder 2 is operated by a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. This IFV accommodates 6 troops at the rear. Other sources report that this IFV carries 7 troops. Troops and crew enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors and roof hatches. There are no firing ports for the troops in order not to compromise protection of the vehicle.

   This infantry fighting vehicle is powered by an MTU MB-883 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 000 hp. Engine is located at the front. It is coupled with a Renk automatic transmission. This IFV is not amphibious.

   Currently the German Army adopted the new Puma infantry fighting vehicle to replace the ageing fleet of the Marder 1 vehicles. It is modern, lighter, and airportable. Its protection is similar to that of the Marder 2. Deliveries commenced in 2010.


Marder 2 IFV

Marder 2 IFV

Marder 2 IFV

Marder 2 IFV

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