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EODH secures contract for Puma vehicle protection modules

By Defence Industry Europe

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), a company of KNDS, has signed a significant contract with Greek manufacturer EODH for the production of protection modules for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle.

 

This contract continues the longstanding cooperation between leading European defense manufacturers. The Puma, a product of the Project System Management GmbH (PSM) joint venture between KMW and Rheinmetall Landsysteme, has already seen 350 units in use or being delivered to the Bundeswehr. In May 2023, an additional order for 50 more vehicles was placed.

EODH’s contract covers modules for these 50 vehicles, with an option for 50 more. EODH, having previously undertaken work under existing contracts until 2032, has now extended its contributions until 2035 with this new agreement.

 

 

Renowned for manufacturing protection modules for battle tanks and armored vehicles, including the Leopard 2 and Dingo, EODH has completed deliveries for 54 Hungarian Leopard 2A7 tanks and started production for 58 Norwegian Leopard 2A7 NOR tanks, with options for an additional 18.

EODH is also working on protection for the Bundeswehr’s 104 Leopard 2A7V tanks and is in discussions with KMW for potential new orders that could encompass 300 to 700 battle tanks, along with possible upgrades for 300 Leopard 2A4 and Leopard 1A5 tanks.

 

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In addition to the PUMA project, EODH is involved in another significant endeavor, supplying protection modules for the GTK Boxer 8×8, now being introduced by the British Army. This work, covering initially 500 vehicles, has been ongoing since 2021. EODH also introduced the armored vehicle Hoplite (4×4) in the same year and is in talks with various countries showing interest in it.

Responding to the surge in orders and demand, EODH has decided to increase its production capacity by 300%. Construction of a second manufacturing facility began in 2023, set to be operational in 2024, along with new extensive storage capacities. The company is also investing in new machinery, including five-axis CNC machines and water jet cutting machines. Deliveries for the PUMA project commenced in December.

 

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