Schutzenpanzer Marder based vehicles ...

Started by jcf, August 05, 2009, 11:39:17 AM

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Going from  Weaver's VCTP thread in Current Projects here is another late '70s experimental vehicle based on the Marder IFV.
Begleitpanzer 57, Marder hull with new turret mounting a Bofors 57mm auto-cannon and one TOW.

From Modell-fan December 1979.



What does Begleitpanzer translate into.



My German is a bit rusty but I belive it would translate into escort tank


^ Spot on!  :thumbsup: Escort tank would be an excellent translation.

Must, then, my projects bend to the iron yoke of a mechanical system? Is my soaring spirit to be chained down to the snail's pace of matter?


It's usually translated as Support Tank 57mm. But it was also referred to as an AIFSV (armored infantry fire support vehicle).

The gun was based on the Bofors naval 57 but the Begleitpanzer was also mount ATGMs (HOT or TOW) and carry three dismount. The idea was that the Begleitpanzer would escort, as Arc' said, the planned Kampfpanzer 3.


I was waiting for an opening for mentioning this.  It's totally science-fictional, but in John Ringo's latest Aldenata book Eye of the Storm, there is a section where an army is being is raised on Earth.  Indowy engineers use Galactic technology to build futuristic fighting vehicles out of a European scrapyard's worth of armored fighting vehicles of various nations.  The descriptions of the vehicles created are mostly vague, but there are a couple of paragraphs devoted to the creation of an artillery vehicle built on a Marder IFV chassis fitted with the wheels, tracks and running gear from a T-62.
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I've always liked the idea of painting one a bright shiny blue and applying the word "SHADO" to the sides of it.  Especially the A3 variant which has some anti-air capability.  Its roughly the right shape, and deletes what I always thought was an extremely vulnerable glassed in driver's cab.  For those who don't understand what I'm talking about, I'm suggesting an updated version of a "SHADO-mobile" to the TV series "UFO."


VCTP from Modell-Fan.


have a look here ... Fire-Marder by Airmatic Germany -- watch the video.

Three old Marders have been modified to fight forest / oil-storage etc fires.
Track-pads are made of a fire-proof material, small dozer-blade & fire-suppression sprays at front & sides added.
They also have a Leo1 Dachs similarly modified.  Along with a Blimp (now replaced with a UAV) these vehicles were used in the Brandenberg Forest for a few years.
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Well, the most obvious one is the TAM, or Tanque Argentino Mediano (spelling?) -- a light main battle tank based on the Marder hull.

Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part...

More into Flight Sim reskinning these days, but still what-iffing... Leading Edge 3D