Panzerstahl PS88019 German Bundeswehr SPz Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle - Panzer Grenadier Bataillon 152 (1:72 Scale)
"I vow to faithfully serve the Federal Republic of Germany and to bravely defend the right and the freedom of the German people."
- Ceremonial oath of the Bundeswehr
The Marder (German for "marten") is a German infantry fighting vehicle operated by the German Army as the main weapon of the Panzergrenadiere (mechanized infantry) from the 1970s through the present day. Developed as part of the rebuilding of Germany's armoured fighting vehicle industry, the Marder has proven to be a successful and solid infantry fighting vehicle design. While it does include a few unique features, such as the fully remote machine gun on the rear deck, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with rear exit hatch and side gun ports for mounted infantry to fire through. Its successor, the Puma, is under development.
Around 2,100 were taken into service by the German Army in the early 1970s, but the vehicle in its German variant was not sold to any foreign militaries. As the German Army began to retire older vehicles, the Chilean government agreed to acquire 200 Marders; the government of Greece was negotiating for the purchase of 500 retired vehicles, but abandoned this in 2007 choosing to acquire Russian BMP-3s. Argentina uses a simplified and locally produced variant, the VCTP, and has a number of vehicles based on that platform constructed by Henschel and built by TAMSE.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale German SPz Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle that is attached to Panzer Grenadier Bataillon 152.
Length: 3-1/4 inches
Width: 1-1/4 inches
Release Date: April 2011