First Marder 1A3 IFVs for Hellenic Army arrive in Greece

The first Marder 1A3 IFVs intended for the Hellenic army arrived in Greece on October 17, announces The first 40 Marder 1s are being delivered as planned.
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Arrival in Greece, on October 17, of the first Marder 1A3 IFVs from Germany (Picture source:

The vehicles will be immediately transferred to the army for the necessary checks, and immediately afterward, they will be forwarded to front-line units, which means in Evros, next to the Leopard 2A4 HEL. At the same time, Greece will immediately release the obsolete BMP-1 Ost IFVs, which will be transferred to Ukraine, under the responsibility of the Ukrainian government: indeed, Greece will donate 40 BMP-1A1 IFVs from its military inventory in exchange for 40 Marder IFVs from Germany.

This transfer of BMP-1A1 (or BMP-1 Ost) IFVs to Ukraine was negotiated by the Greek National Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and his German counterpart Christine Lambrecht in the framework of the support brought by Greece and Germany to Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invaders.

The Marder 1A3 is an upgraded version of the Marder family of tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The A3 upgrade program began in 1988, with Thyssen-Henschel being awarded a contract to upgrade 2,100 Marder 1 A1/A2 series vehicles to A3 standard at a rate of 220 vehicles a year.

The Marder 1A3 is fitted with a two-man turret with the commander on the right and the gunner on the left. The main armament of the vehicle consists of a 20mm Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh202 automatic cannon. Six infantrymen can be seated at the rear of the hull.

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Greek army BMP-1A1 (Picture source: Russian VK social network)