Land Platforms

Bundeswehr declares MELLS operational on Marder

18 April 2018

The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 17 April that it had certified the use of the Mehrrollenfähige Leichte Lenkflugkörpersystem (multirole-capable light anti-tank missile system: MELLS) on the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The Marder IFV has been certified to fire MELLS. (Rheinmetall)The Marder IFV has been certified to fire MELLS. (Rheinmetall)

MELLS, the Bundeswehr’s designation for Spike LR, is immediately ready for operations on the Marder, the BAAINBw added.

The certification was marked during a ceremony at the base of Panzerlehrbrigade (Armour Demonstration) Brigade 9 in Munster, northern Germany, on 16 April. The brigade will lead the NATO Response Force’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2019.

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