Germany offers Ukraine Marder IFVs + Milan ATGM and 155mm PzH-2000
BERLIN, ($1=0.92 Euros) — German military equipment manufacturer Rheinmetall is offering Ukraine to buy Marder infantry fighting vehicles, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing German sources and the online portal mil.in.ua. According to journalists, the concern plans to build 35 units for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the end of 2022.
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Rheinmetall proposed to the German government a scheme under which the Marder infantry fighting vehicle would immediately leave for Ukraine, with quantities to be taken from the German armed forces inventory. Instead, the Bundeswehr will compensate for the lost amount with new samples. The German Ministry of Defense opposed this.
Rheinmetall even wanted to buy 4 million machine guns from the German Ministry of Defense. The appeal was in late March, but the company has not yet received a response.
Marder has been the main fighting machine of the Bundeswehr’s tank and grenadier divisions since the 1970s. The sealed body is welded from sheets of several classes up to 30 mm thick, protecting the front of bullets 20 mm and 25 mm from a distance of 200 m, on the side of shrapnel, small arms 7.62 mm.
The capacity of the car is 10 people, including three crew members, two of whom [commander and shooter] are in the tower, and the driver-mechanic in front of the hull on the left [on the road]. The combat part is located in the middle of the building.
The Marder IFV is armed with a 20-mm RH 202 automatic cannon and a paired 7.62-mm MG3 machine gun mounted on a carriage above the double turret. It also has an integrated anti-tank missile guidance system Milan, developed between France and Germany. The Rh 202 pistol is loaded with 20 × 139 mm cartridges. Another 7.62-mm MG3A1 machine gun is located on the roof of the landing unit and has a remote control.
155-mm PzH 2000
Another German arms manufacturer, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, is offering Ukraine an agreement to supply 100 155-mm PzH 2000 self-propelled artillery units. Welt am Sonntag reports. The offer was submitted to the German government for approval.
The first new ACS can be delivered no earlier than 30 months. That is, the first deliveries should be expected in the second half of 2024. And the whole contract will be fulfilled in 2027.
PzH-2000 is a 155-mm closed-type cannon chassis, built based on components and units of the “Leopard-2” tank.
Additional weapons consist of a 7.62-mm MG-3 machine gun and eight smoke grenade launchers [2×4]. The machine carries 60 artillery shells, 48 all-metal charges [six-segment], 2,000 machine guns, and 8 grenade launchers.
PzH 2000 is very suitable for the modern concept of war – from a great distance to hit the target with one volley and quickly leave the position. An automated fire control system helps to cover the target without shots, which directs the entire battery at once. PzH 2000 can fire three projectiles in 9 seconds or 10 in 56 seconds. Then the speed is from 10 to 13 shots per minute, depending on the heating of the barrel.
Range of firing with a standard NATO projectile L15A2 – 30 km. PzH 2000 holds the world record among 155 mm howitzers. At a test site in South Africa, she fired a specially designed V-LAP projectile, manufactured by the South African company Denel, 56 km away.
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