11 septembre 2023 | International, Terrestre

Germany orders 40 Marder combat vehicles for Ukraine

The new order doubles the total number of Marders to be sent to Ukraine, according to its manufacturer Rheinmetall.

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2023/09/11/germany-orders-40-marder-combat-vehicles-for-ukraine/

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