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Marder Evolution APC

Armored personnel carrier

Marder APC

The upgraded Marder Evolution armored personnel carrier has been redesigned and uparmored

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight  33 t
Length ~ 6.9 m
Width ~ 3.6 m
Height ~ 2 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine MTU MB 883 diesel
Engine power 600 - 680 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.5 m

 

   Currently the ageing Marder IFV is being replaced in the German Army service with the new Puma. There are a number of surplus Marders that are currently in storage, that can be overhauled, upgraded and sold to new customers. Recently Rheinmetall developed an upgraded version of the Marder IFV. This vehicle was developed as a private venture. It was first revealed in 2012, and referred as Marder Close Combat Vehicle. This upgraded was originally tailored to meet Canadian armed forces requirement. Canadians were looking for a highly mobile and well protected infantry fighting vehicle in a weight class of 30-45 t, to accompany their main battle tanks. Canadian armed forces had a requirement for 108 vehicles. However eventually the Rheinmetall received no production orders from Canada. Currently these upgraded armored vehicles are being proposed for various operators as the Marder Evolution. It is being offered as a cheaper alternative to the new Puma IFV.

   Today three versions of the Marder Evolution are available, including infantry fighting vehicle, armored personnel carrier and light tank. Basically it is the same vehicle, but armed with different turrets. The armored personnel carrier version is simply referred as the Marder APC. It was also first publicly revealed in 2012.

   This new armored personnel carrier has been extensively upgraded, redesigned and massively uparmored. The original turret has been removed and hull roof has been raised for greater internal volume. Once the ageing Marder IFVs are rebuilt to the new standard it extends their life to another 15 or 20 years.

   The Marder APC is better protected than most current armored personnel carriers. Vehicle is fitted with modular add-on armor. All-round protection is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Interior is lined with a spall liner. It is claimed that add-on armor also offers protection against RPG rounds. Protection against landmines and IED blasts has also been improved. Vehicle has a double floor with some space for deformation. It survives blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT under any track location or anywhere under the vehicle. Soldiers are seated on blast protected seats, that are attached to the roof rather than the floor. The Marder APC is also fitted with NBC protection system. An active protection system is proposed as an option.

   This armored personnel carrier can be fitted with M151 Protector remotely-controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun. This vehicle can be also fitted with other weapon systems.

   This APC has a crew of two and can carry 8 troops with their gear. Troop seats have been re-arranged. In the original Marder IFV troops are seated back-to-back. In the Marder APC variant they are seated facing each other. Soldiers enter and leave the vehicle via a rear power-operated ramp. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit.

   Engine of the Marder APC has also been upgraded. Vehicle is powered by an MTU MB 883 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 600 - 680 hp, depending on the version. Engine is mated to an automatic transmission. Suspension has also been upgraded to give better mobility.

   The Marder APC can be used as a basis for ambulance or command post vehicle.

 

 
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