Rheinmetall has secured a €17m contract to upgrade the Jordanian Armed Forces Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).
The contract has been awarded by the German Government, which supplied the IFVs to Jordan under a military aid programme.
Jordan received 25 Marder 1A3 IFVs from Germany between 2016 and 2017.
The deal also covers the supply of spare parts, ammunition, documentation and special tools, as well as on-location customer support and training for operators and maintenance personnel.
Delivery of the upgraded vehicles is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
Powered by a 600hp engine, the vehicle can travel at a maximum speed of around 65kmph. The 35t Marder is equipped with a 20mm RH-202 automatic cannon that serves as the vehicle’s main armament.
The Marder IFV’s fighting compartment has enough space to accommodate nine soldiers.
Jordan is the fourth nation to deploy the Marder with enhanced-performance, in addition to Germany, Chile, and Indonesia.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has recently delivered the first of 35 TGX 26.360 6X2-2 LL driver training trucks to Germany’s Bundeswehr under a €3.2m order received in 2016.
Based on the globally proven MAN Trucknology generation, these trucks are suitable for both civil and military applications.