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2018-05-01

Rheinmetall Integrates MELLS Into Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Rheinmetall has integrated the state-of-the-art MELLS antitank guided missile into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle. Following successful conclusion of the study phase, the Bundeswehr subsequently ordered 44 MELLS retrofit kits, which were delivered in December 2017. Furthermore, a total of 35 vehicles have been equipped with the new missile system integration kit. The modernised Marder 1A5 is now able to utilise the MELLS, a German acronym standing for “multirole-capable light antitank missile system”. 
 
At the end of 2016, Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support awarded Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH a contract to study ways of integrating the MELLS into the Bundeswehr’s tried-and-tested IFV, which will be reaching the end of its service life in the foreseeable future. Thanks to the MELLS, the Marder IFV now has a new, highly effective antitank capability.
 
Under a development contract, with the help of two sample vehicles, Rheinmetall examined among other things the extent to which oscillation due to movement of the vehicle and the resulting vibration behaviour would have to be taken into account when integrating the MELLS. The results formed the basis for a modified storage concept, enabling transport of the launcher and missiles in the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The project was conducted during the first half of 2017. The high point came when the vibration-stressed missiles were successfully fired from the IFV.
 

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