Marder 1A3

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This page is about the German light tank Marder 1A3. For the other version, see Marder A1-.
Marder 1A3
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Marder 1A3
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Description

The Marder 1A3 was one of the most important upgrades of the Marder IFV. The vehicle was produced from 1988 to 1998 and around 2100 A1/A2 models were upgraded to this standard. The vehicle received more capable armour, intended to resist the 30 mm autocannon used by the BMP-2, which had started to be fielded by East Germany around the time of the upgrade. Other changes included an upgraded turret and upgrades to the suspension to avoid loss of mobility due to the increased weight.

It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit". The Marder 1A3 is an improvement over the Marder A1- with additional High Hardness armour plates added all around the hull that should make the vehicle better withstand autocannon rounds from a distance, though close-range side armour is still paper thin. The additional armour implemented on Marder 1A3 does make the vehicle slightly heavier than the Marder A1-, and while this should make impact mobility slightly, the difference in in-game performance in negligible. Armament between the two variants are similar too, with the Marder 1A3 retaining the MILAN ATGM and the 20 mm Rh202 autocannon. Armament differences lie in the APDS availability for the 20 mm autocannon and the removal of the rear-mounted MG3A1, which greatly improves versatility, as the new DM63 rounds can now penetrate BMP based hulls from 500 metres and other comparable IFVs within 1,000 metres, besides the Warrior.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull32 / 15 / 11
Turret25 / 15 / 15
Crew3 people
Visibility86 %

The Marder 1A3's armour is minimal, albeit superior to it's predecessor's thanks to the use of High Hardness Rolled Armor instead of Rolled Homogenous Armor. This variant of the Marder is the only Marder based hull capable of deflecting APDS from the BMP-2 and similar IFVs. However, it is still very vulnerable to regular tank shells. Therefore, you must be careful to not expose the vehicle.

Armour type:

  • High hardness rolled armour (hull front, roof, additional side plates)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull sides, rear, gun mount, cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 11 + 8 mm (77°) Upper plate
32 + 32 mm (21-58°) Lower plate
15 + 8 mm (33°)Top
15 + 5 mm Bottom
11 mm (22°) Rear plate and hatch
5 mm (22°) Vents
11 + 8 mm (13°) Engine compartment
11 + 8 mm Crew compartment
Gun mount 25 + 20 mm (38°) Base front 20 + 15 mm 11-20 mm 11 mm
Cupola 11 mm 11 mm 11 mm 11 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels, tracks and torsion bars are 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Reverse gearbox
Forward and backward movement is possible at the same maximum speed
Speedforward / back
AB84 / 84 km/h
RB and SB76 / 76 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
8 back
Weight33.5 t
Engine power
AB1 145 hp
RB and SB600 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB34.2 hp/t
RB and SB17.9 hp/t

The mobility is very good with a top speed of 84 km/h both forwards and backwards. This makes you faster than most other tanks at this battle rating.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 84 84 33.5 930 1,145 27.76 34.18
Realistic 76 76 531 600 15.85 17.91

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 834 → 4 514 Sl icon.png
RB3 279 → 5 223 Sl icon.png
SB4 173 → 6 647 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications88 100 Rp icon.png
145 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training86 000 Sl icon.png
Experts300 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 160 / 200 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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180 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
3 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
3 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
5 800 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
5 800 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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20mm_rh202_AP_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
5 800 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Airstrike
Research:
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Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
5 500 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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20mm_rh202_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

20 mm Rh202 cannon
Ammunition1 200 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate801 shots/min
Vertical guidance-17° / 65°
Main article: Rh202 (20 mm)
20 mm Rh202 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 1,200 (200) 800 -17°/+65° ±180° N/A 57.1 79.1 96.0 106.2 112.9 10.40 9.20 8.48 8.00
Realistic 35.7 42.0 51.0 56.4 60.0

Ammunition

  • Default: HVAP-T · HEFI-T
  • DM51A1: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HVAP-T
  • DM43: HVAP-T · HVAP-T · HVAP-T · HEFI-T
  • DM63: APDS · APDS · APDS · HEFI-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HVAP-T 57 52 37 24 15 10
HEFI-T 7 6 5 3 2 2
APDS 66 61 45 31 21 14
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HVAP-T 1,100 0.11 - - - 66° 70° 72°
HEFI-T 1,100 0.13 0.1 0.1 11.05 79° 80° 81°
APDS 1,150 0.13 - - - 75° 78° 80°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Marder 1A3
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
6 (+2) (+4) (+6) No

Notes:

  • Ammunition is modeled as 6 belts of 200 rounds.
  • Racks disappear after you've fired all belts in the rack.

Additional armament

MILAN ATGM
Ammunition4 rounds
Belt capacity1 rounds
Fire rate5 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 20°
Horizontal guidance-30° / 30°
Fire on the moveup to 5 km/h
Main article: MILAN
MILAN missile Reloading rate (seconds)
Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Full Expert Aced
4 ±5° N/A N/A 13.00 11.50 10.60 10.00

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
MILAN ATGM 530 530 530 530 530 530
Missile details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
MILAN ATGM 200 2,000 6.7 0.05 0.1 1.83 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
Visual
discrepancy
4 No

Notes:

  • Missiles are modeled individually and disappear after having been launched.
  • It is not possible to select how many missiles to bring into battle.

Machine guns

Ammunition4 400 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Main article: MG3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm MG3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,500 (1,000) 1,200 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The Marder 1A3 is best used carefully, since most shells will penetrate your armour easily. The best tactic when hunting for enemy tanks is to hide behind cover and only expose your missile launcher or turret due to the smaller target. The Marder is highly capable of taking on air targets such as enemy close air support and helicopters. The 20mm gun is best used for air targets or enemy light tanks. If played correctly, the Marder can be a terror to the enemy team for both ground targets and air targets.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good mobility
  • Respectable ATGM for defeating most tanks
  • Equipped with thermal sights and laser rangefinder
  • 20 mm autocannon is effective against aircraft
  • Removal of the rear unmanned machine gun from the Marder A1- provides better view of the back
  • Addition of the DM63 APDS belts increases the effectiveness of the 20 mm

Cons:

  • Mediocre survivability
  • Poor gun depression of the ATGM Launcher limits close-range effectiveness when the tank is on a high incline, and sometimes the missile will hit the ground regardless.
  • Large profile
  • Only carries 4 ATGMs

History

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Media

Skins

See also

External links

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Thyssen-Henschel
TAM  TAM · TAM 2C · TAM 2IP
Marder IFV  Marder A1- · Marder 1A3 · DF105
TH800  Class 3 (P)

Germany light tanks
Pz.II  Pz.II C · Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.II C TD · Pz.II F · Pz.Sfl.Ic
Sd.Kfz.234  Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/2 · Sd.Kfz.234/2 TD
Marder  Marder A1- · Marder 1A3 · Begleitpanzer 57 · DF105
  PUMA
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Class 3 (P) · Radkampfwagen 90
Other  Ru 251 · SPz 12-3 LGS
Argentina  TAM · TAM 2C · TAM 2IP · JaPz.K A2
Czechoslovakia  Pz.35(t) · Pz.38(t) A · Pz.38(t) F · Pz.38(t) n.A. · Sd.Kfz. 140/1
France  Pz.Sp.Wg.P204(f) KwK
Lithuania  Vilkas
USA  leKPz M41
USSR  SPz BMP-1