The Marder (German for 'marten') is a German infantry fighting vehicle operated by the German Army as the main weapon of the Panzergrenadiere (mechanized infantry) from the 1970s through the present day. Developed as part of the rebuilding of Germany's armoured fighting vehicle industry, the Marder has proven to be a successful and solid infantry fighting vehicle design. While it does include a few unique features, such as the fully remote machine gun on the rear deck, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with rear exit hatch and side gun ports for mounted infantry to fire through. Its successor, the Puma, is under development.
The government of Greece (as of 2005) is in negotiations with the German army for the purchase of 500 Marder vehicles, following the development of Germany's new Puma IFV. The vehicles were previously used by the German Army and are to be retired.