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Puma

Infantry fighting vehicle

Puma IFV

Most protected variant of the Puma IFV is even heavier than the T-72 main battle tank

 
 
Entered service 2015
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 29 - 43 t
Length 7.4 m
Width 3.7 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Main gun 30-mm cannon
ATGW ?
Machine guns 1 x 5.56-mm
Mobility
Engine MTU V10 892 diesel
Engine power 1 073 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.7 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The new Puma infantry fighting vehicle was jointly developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall in Germany to replace the ageing Marder 1 IFVs, that are now over 30 years old. Five pre-production vehicles were delivered in 2004. This new infantry fighting vehicle successfully passed numerous trials and tests. First production Puma IFVs were delivered to the German army in 2015. About 350 of these machines will be delivered. Initially it was planned to purchase 405 new IFVs. However later this number was reduced due to limited funding. Currently it is the largest German army procurement programe. The Puma will gradually replace the Marder IFV.

   The Puma is the most protected IFV currently available. It has a welded armor hull with add-on modular armor. It has an option of three various protection levels to suit operational needs. Weight of the vehicle vary from 29.4 to 43 tons accordingly to a protection level.

   The base model has a front and flank protection against 30-mm rounds, while vehicle has an all-round protection against 14.5-mm machine gun fire. The most protected variant can be considered as a heavy IFV. Additional armor modules can be fitted, increasing Puma's weight to 43 tons. Furthermore in this configuration it it is even heavier than the T-72 main battle tank. It seems that the most protected variant of the Puma withstands 120- and 125-mm projectiles over the front arc. Vehicle also withstands mine blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT. The Puma IFV also features an advanced threat warning system. NBC protection and automatic fire suppressions systems are fitted as standard.

   Vehicle is armed with a remotely operated weapon station. It includes a dual-fed Mauser 30-mm cannon. This cannon is already used on the Austrian Ulan and Spanish Pizarro IFVs. It has an effective range of fire of 3 km. The Puma will be armed with an ATGW launcher, however its type is still unknown. Secondary armament consists of a 5.56-mm machine gun and a 76-mm grenade launcher for a close-range defense.

   The Puma infantry fighting vehicle has a crew of three, while it can accommodate up to eight infantrymen in the rear compartment. Passengers enter and leave the vehicle via rear power-operated ramp. Vehicle is fitted with an air conditioning.

   Vehicle is powered by MTU 892 turbocharged diesel engine, developing a whooping 1 073 horsepower. It is worth mentioning that some of the latest main battle tanks haven't got that much power. This IFV is not amphibious.

 

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