The Bundeswehr awarded Rheinmetall a EUR110 million (USD122 million) contract in December to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the company announced in a press release on 20 January.
The company said the drivetrain of 71 Marder 1A5 IFVs would be replaced to maintain their operational readiness. A new powerpack will be installed in the vehicles, increasing the IFVs' power output from 600hp to 750hp and their responsiveness, according to Rheinmetall.
Rheinmetall will provide the Bundeswehr with 78 conversion kits, vehicle tool kits, and special tools, spare parts, logistical support, and training in 2020-23. The company said the service life extension will seek to eliminate expected obsolescence issues with modular conversion kits integrated into the vehicles as part of planned maintenance.
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