The German government plans to buy 50 Puma fighting vehicles worth a total of EUR 1.5 billion for the Bundeswehr, a defence source told Reuters on Friday.
Reuters did not provide any further details of a possible future deal.
Puma infantry fighting vehicle is produced by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann together with Rheinmetall under the umbrella of PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH (a joint venture company) based in Kassel.
According to KMW, Puma vehicle provides its crew with highly effective modular protection from mines, antitank weapon fire and improvised explosive devices of a level unsurpassed by any comparable vehicle – thus guaranteeing maximum mission survivability. Its air transportability combined with exceptional agility on rough terrain and future-oriented expandability make it the optimal land weapon system in international conflict management. The Puma also sets standards in terms of strategic and tactical mobility. Its combat capabilities and firepower are unsurpassed.
The Puma even maintains its command capability in networked operations under extreme climatic conditions and inadequate infrastructure. This is enabled by the provision of interfaces for the command and information system, ally/enemy target acquisition and Infantryman of the Future (IdZ) system.
As Defence Industry Europe reported, on April 2023, Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM) an order to retrofit a further 143 Puma infantry fighting vehicles.