Germany’s Rheinmetall is upgrading 30 Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), which would replace similar vehicles, provided to Ukraine by third countries, Deutsche Welle reported on July 14.
Rheinmetall spokesperson said 30 Marders are already being worked on, getting them ready to be sold abroad; the program could “relatively easily” be scaled up to upgrade 100 vehicles.
The scheme envisions upgraded Marder 1A3s being sold to replenish IFV stocks of other countries, that donated their vehicles to Ukraine.
Although the German government is yet to give the go-ahead to the program, Rheinmetall expects the decision to be announced in near future.
Germany and the Netherlands have earlier supplied Ukraine with 12 PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled artillery systems, which are already in use on the battlefield.