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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 24 June 2015
Total Production: 350
Also Known As: Igel, MMWS, NSPz and Panther
Origin: Germany
Corporations: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann 50%, PSM GmbH* and Rheinmetall Defence 50%   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Puma
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 24 June 2015
Total Production: 350
Total Cost: EUR€4.3 billion   (USD$4.9 billion)
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Description: The Puma, formerly known as NSPz, Igel (Hedgehog) or Panther, is an advanced armored vehicle designed to replace current Marder IFVs and keep up Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank in the German Army/Bundeswehr. The Puma armored vehicle is one of the major programs for the Bundeswehr modernization plan. Furthermore, the German land systems industry thinks Puma express their technological superiority. It will feature an entirely new hull design, a compact high-power density (HPD) powerpack designed by MTU and rated at 800 KW, and an unmanned, remotely controlled turret.

Puma has been designed around two levels of protection. Level A, which is for Airportable, provides enough armor protection to counter landmines and being airlifted in an A400M aircraft. Level C, stands for Combat, provides the highest level or armor protection using add-on armor elements which can be airlifted as well. Using a remotely operated turret results into an increased crew compartment protection thanks to eliminating the need of armoring the turret. Puma with Level A armor protection weights about 31.5-t and outfitted with Level C 40.7 tons.

Special landmine protection has been given to the Puma through a double-layered floor which absorbs blast energy thus protecting the crew. The floor of Puma includes a lower and inner floor. Crew compartment noise levels have been lowered by 90 percent compared with other modern armored personnel carriers which translates into higher crew comfort. Another enhancements provided to Puma are network-centric warfare and hunter-killer capabilities. Hunter-killer is achieved using two sensors one for the Puma's commander and the other for the gunner.

The MK 30-2 gun produced by Rheinmetall with AHEAD (Advanced Hit Efficiency And Destruction) ammunition has been chosen for the Puma turret. The secondary weapon would be an MG 4 machine gun also produced by Rheinmetall Land Systems. The system modular architecture will allow integration of different turrets and equipment to meet a wide range of mission profiles. The Puma fighting infantry vehicle will airlifted aboard the A400M tactical transport aircraft. Crew protection and system survivability against rocket propelled grenades and mines is another of the keys of the expanded scope of the program compared to current systems.

The program started in 2002. Projekt System und Management (PSM) GmbH of Kassel, a 50/50 joint venture between Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, is responsible for the entire program. Puma first prototype roll-out is planned for the end of 2005. An Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is anticipated by 2007 but deliveries to the Bundeswehr won't occur before 2009. The German parliament has authorized the procurement of a first batch consisting of 410 vehicles to be delivered from 2005 through 2012. As of December 2004, the cost of the program was set to €3.05 billion.

On December 2, 2004, the German parliament gave the green light to Puma first procurement contract worth €350 million. This contract will cover low rate initial production (LRIP) and will run through 2007 when funding is scheduled for expiration. The contract includes an option for full scale production to be exercised before the end of 2007. Puma full rate production is expected to begin in 2009. Finally the number of Puma armored vehicles was downsized from 410 to 350 with the first units delivered in June 2015.

Puma Specifications

Crew: 3
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 5
Troops: 6
Height: 3.05 meter (120 inch)
Length: 7.30 meter (287 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Width: 3.43 meter (135 inch)
Power: 1,070 shp (798 kW)
Top Speed: 70 kph (43 mph)
Combat Weight: 43,000 kilogram (94,797 pound)
Empty Weight: 31,500 kilogram (69,444 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Puma News

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23 May 2003 and 22 Jul 2019
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Monday, July 22, 2019German Army to Upgrade Combat Performance of 41 Puma Armored Vehicles by 2021
Tuesday, June 5, 2018German Army Gets 200th Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Thursday, July 13, 2017German Army Puma Armored Vehicles to get Secondary Weapon System
Monday, January 25, 2016Rheinmetall Creates Leading European Producer of Military Vehicles
Wednesday, June 24, 2015German Army Takes Delivery of First Production Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Tuesday, December 7, 2010First Two Serial Production Puma IFV Handed Over to German BWB
Tuesday, May 25, 2010International Consortium to Offer Puma for US Army Ground Combat Vehicle Program
Monday, July 6, 2009PSM GmbH Contract to Deliver 405 Puma Armored Vehicles to the German Army Beginning in 2010
Friday, June 26, 2009Bundeswehr's Puma ICVs and Infatrymen to Receive Spike LR Anti-Armor Missiles
Tuesday, February 3, 2009Germany to Integrate Spike Missile on its Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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