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It is not yet clear whether the Marder tanks that have been taken out of service and reconditioned will be delivered to the Ukraine. But the first devices are ready to go.
The armaments company Rheinmetall has completed the modernization of the first Marder-type armored personnel carriers. Six vehicles are already “ready”, said a company spokesman on Sunday on request.
The “Bild am Sonntag” had the chairman of the board Armin Papperger said: “We are there, 100 to repair Marder armored personnel carriers, the first vehicles are already ready.” With regard to a possible delivery to Ukraine, he added: “When and where the martens are delivered is the decision of the federal government.”
Ukraine wishes from Germany to better equip themselves in the defensive fight against Russia heavier weapons. Rheinmetall had offered to deliver the martens that had been decommissioned by the Bundeswehr and were to be reprocessed. The federal government has not yet decided according to the current public status. According to their plans, they should only be used for a ring exchange with NATO partners: countries like the Czech Republic and Greece would then receive them as compensation if they in turn delivered old Soviet tanks from their stocks to Ukraine. (dpa)