1/600 Scale German Marder 1 A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles x10
Highly detailed tank with accurate Track detail.
Marder 1 A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
- 10x Marder 1 A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles
(German for "marten
") is a German infantry fighting vehicle
operated by the German Army
as the main weapon of the Panzergrenadiere
(mechanized infantry) from the 1970s through to the present day. Developed as part of the rebuilding of Germany
's armoured fighting vehicle
industry, the Marder has proven to be a successful and solid infantry fighting vehicle
design. While it does include a few unique features, such as the fully remote machine gun on the rear deck, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with rear exit hatch and side gun ports for mounted infantry to fire through. The Marder is currently being replaced by its successor, the Puma
Around 2,100 were taken into service by the German Army in the early 1970s, but the vehicle in its German variant was not sold to any foreign militaries. As the German Army began to retire older vehicles, the Chilean government agreed to acquire 200 Marders; the government of Greece has considered the purchase of 450 retired vehicles in the past. Argentina uses a simplified and locally produced variant, the VCTP
, and has a number of vehicles based on that platform constructed by Henschel and built by TAMSE.
The A3 upgrade program began in 1988, with Thyssen-Henschel being awarded a contact to upgrade 2,100 Marder 1 A1/A2 series vehicles to A3 standard at a rate of 220 a year. The first upgraded vehicles reached the German army on 17 November 1989. The modification package included:
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- Improved armour weighing 1,600 kg intended to protect against the 30 mm 2A42 cannon on the Russian BMP-2. The armour also provided additional protection against cluster bomblets.
- The hatches over the infantry compartment were re-arranged.
- Suspension was reinforced, a new braking system was installed, the gearbox adjusted. The heating system was replaced with a water based heating system.
- Turret was reconfigured.
- Total weight is now 35,000 kg.