Above. Many Marder IFV in the course of modernization have been equipped with new appliances Night Vision passive type and launchers for anti-tank Milan. Also planned to install a more powerful gun to deal with modern light armored vehicles, such as the Russian BMP-2.
When in the 1950s in Germany revived the armed forces, armed ground troops were infantry fighting vehicles Shiitzenpan-zer 12-3 on the basis of Swiss chassis, which were produced in the UK and West Germany. At the same time, it was decided to begin the development of a family of combat machines on a single chassis. The first were created and entered service Jagdpanzer Kanone with 90-mm cannon and anti-tank Jagdpanzer Rakete guided missiles SS.12, which were later replaced by UR MUSIC. On the results of extensive testing several prototypes of one of them was chosen for adopting and was named Marder Marder Shiitzenpanzer Neu M-1996 The main contractor was chosen Rhine-steel subcontractor -MaK Kiel. Currently, both companies are part of the group Rheinmetall landsisteM3. The first cars arrived in the army at the end of 1970, and until the end of production in 1975 was built in 2136 machines. For export, they are not delivered. At the time, was the most effective Marder infantry fighting vehicle in the West, but now it remains at a high level, except for the high cost and complexity of maintenance. Marder has good armor protection and high-speed driving on rough terrain, allowing this BMP closely with tanks Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 in general combat formations.
In the nose of the car for the driver placed on the left and the engine-trans -Mission compartment on the right. Behind the driver is a grunt. B center of the machine is a tower with an electromechanical drive in it are commander and gunner, and aft-troop compartment access which is carried out through a ramp with hydraulic aft part. The sides of the troop compartment are loopholes for firing from small arms without leaving the machine on which installed periscopes.
On the double rotating turret is carriage with 20-mm automatic cannon MK20 Rh202 and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun MG3. Angles pointing weapons vertical range from-17 ° to + 65 °. At the end of the XX century were discussion about the need to modernize the Marder IFV, which including could and include the replacement of the gun more powerful and modern. However, in the end it was decided to develop a new car. On most of the machines was carried out small modernization, as a result of which, in particular, on the right of the carriage cannon was installed launcher antitank guided missiles Milan anti-tank at a range of up to 2000 m. In the rear of the hull on the turret mounted with remote control another 7.62 mm machine gun. On the basis of BMP Marder created a self-propelled anti-aircraft missile launcher guided missiles Roland two missiles in the launcher and eight spare and car radar target detection on the mast with hydraulic control that increases the detection range.
During the operation of the machine several times been modernized. Basic model had index Marder 1A1, followed by modification Marder 1A2 with thermal imaging surveillance systems and Marder 1AZ with enhanced armor protection. In addition, there are several intermediate versions differing mainly composition of radio and Marder 1A5, characterized by Marder 1AZ enhanced protection against damaging factors break min.
Marder still quite effective machine despite outdated design and manufacturing technology. The growth in operating costs and decreased need for them led to the development of a new top, lighter and BMP cheap.
Marder IFV was the first Western countries. It is equipped with a double tower, on which the 20-mm cannon and 7.62 mm machine gun. To export this machine is not supplied.