Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Puma is the new armored infantry fighting vehicle developed for the
German Army, which is expected to procure 405 vehicles with a total
budget of 3 billion Euros.
Puma is based on a new design reflecting the armed forces new mission
profiles, highlighting expeditionary warfare while maintaining high
level of protection and good mobility. The Puma provides full protection
against mines and anti-tank weapons, at a level previously unavailable
to similar systems (such as the Marder it will replacing in service). To
maintain high protection levels and air mobility with the future Airbus
A-400M European transport, Puma will be produced in a basic "Level A"
protection featuring a total gross weight of 31.45 tons. Additional
armor protection called "Level C" could be applied after the vehicles
are deployed at their destination area, providing increased protection
against shaped charge threats, medium caliber guns and heavier mines.
Further protection is applied to the vehicle's roof, protecting from top
attacks by AP bomblets.
Puma is equipped with a new MTU 10V 892 HPD 800 kW high power density
turbo diesel engine, driving a Renk HSWL 256 hydrostatic/hydrodynamic
shifting, reversing and steering transmission. The automotive system
also includes a decoupled drive assembly
suspension, improving the smooth cross country traveling. By eliminating
the need for torsion bars, the space under the floor is cleared for
better countermine protection. The use of lightweight tracks further
reduces weight. The vehicle uses an unmanned fully stabilized turret,
mounting an automatic 30mm Mk30-2 ABM Mauser gun firing
standard AP or
airburst munitions (ABM). A secondary
armament mounting an MG4 5.56mm machine gun. The turret is also
installed with a gunner's thermal sight, a commander's independent
panoramic sight, 400 ready to fire rounds of ammunition and smoke
Initial production orders are expected by mid 2007, following
parliamentary approvals. PSM is currently working toward the delivery of
five pre-production vehicles, under a previous order issued in 2004. The
first five prototype Puma vehicles will also be equipped with the
MUSS multifunctional self-protection system,
to be supplied by EADS Defense Electronics.