According to a Ukrainian military expert, Germany’s willingness to give Ukraine the armoured vehicles it desperately needs will determine how quickly Ukraine can force Russian troops out of the nation.
The German company Rheinmetall has upgraded 16 Marder infantry combat vehicles to the Marder 1A3 level on its own dime, has already started working on 14 further BMPs in a similar manner, and is prepared to upgrade 70 additional “Marders” in the future. These infantry fighting vehicles were acquired by Rheinmetall from German storage facilities and updated for commercial sale to a foreign client. But according to the German newspaper Tagesschau, the Scholz administration in Germany forbids the sale of these BMPs for export.
The creators of the portal imply that Scholz’s continued indecision on the provision of armoured vehicles for the Armed Forces, which is essential for Ukraine’s quick victory, is directly related to Rheinmetall’s ban on exporting the updated Marder 1A3. Although the Bundestag expressly requests that the German government provide the Ukrainian army with all required equipment as quickly as feasible. Additionally, the White House has previously stated in diplomatic communications that it “expects from Germany” greater help for Ukraine.
Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Zelensky, reportedly told the “Washington Post” in an interview that same day that Germany’s willingness to give Ukraine the armoured vehicles it urgently needs will determine whether Ukraine can expel Russian troops from the country as soon as possible.
Germany announced on September 12 that it will not give Ukraine military supplies like Leopard 2 main battle tanks at a time when Ukraine was achieving military gains in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Germany has already reached the point where the German economy is being negatively impacted by Scholz’s decision to transfer weapons to Ukraine. Without a doubt, if the chance arose, Ukraine would swiftly and urgently purchase the aforementioned 16 modernised Marder 1A3s, and eventually – and enlarge the order. Because any armoured vehicles are truly “needed for yesterday” by our army. The German government’s stance, however, is that while the military continues to face a BBM shortage, the country’s defence sector continues to be cash-strapped.
Let’s quickly go over how the Marder 1A3 differs from the basic model in that it has the MELLS PU for Spike missile launching, the most recent Hensoldt Spectus sighting system, a more powerful power plant, and the same tracks, ventilation, and fire extinguishing equipment as the most recent Puma BMPs. According to reports, Germany increased its military support for Ukraine before last summer, especially by supplying anti-aircraft, anti-tank, and high-tech anti-aircraft missiles. The German armed forces have depleted their stockpiles and must safeguard their own defensive capabilities, according to Christina Lambrecht, the country’s defence minister, who earlier stated that Germany will not send significant quantities of heavy weaponry to Ukraine.