Jordan to get more Marder vehicles
Rheinmetall has received a contract from the German government to upgrade a further 25 Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Jordanian armed forces, the company announced on 13 December.
The order, worth over $20 million, was received in October 2017. Deliveries are set to commence in the first quarter of 2018.
The contract has been awarded under a German military assistance programme that aims to enhance the counter-terrorism capabilities of the Jordanian armed forces support border security and stabilisation missions.
The contract will see Rheinmetall supply Jordan with 25 fully modernised, former German Army Marder 1A3 IFVs, painted in a desert camouflage pattern. The package also includes spare parts, ammunition, documentation, special tools, customer support on location as well as training for operators and maintenance personnel.
The Marder 1A3 IFV weighs about 35 tonnes and features a 600 HP-engine. The vehicle can reach a speed of around 65km/h, and can accommodate up to nine soldiers. A 20mm RH-202 automatic cannon serves as the vehicle’s main armament.
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