Germany to procure 50 Puma infantry fighting vehicles

By Defence Industry Europe

German Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius announced today that Germany will purchase 50 Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), two of the country's leading defence contractors.

The procurement of the 50 Pumas is expected to cost around €1.5 billion. The vehicles will be delivered to the German Armed Forces over the next few years and will be used for a range of missions, including peacekeeping and combat operations.

The Puma is a state-of-the-art IFV, designed for providing advanced mobility and protection for ground troops. It is equipped with advanced technology, including a modular armour system, a powerful engine, and a digital fire control system. It can accommodate up to nine soldiers and is armed with a 30mm automatic cannon and a coaxial machine gun.

The Puma is already in service with the German Army, with around 350 vehicles currently in operation. The new procurement will bring the total number of Pumas in service to around 400. The IFV has also been exported to several other countries, including Qatar, which ordered 24 Pumas in 2013.

The Puma is a joint development by Rheinmetall and KMW and is produced at a facility in Kassel. The companies have been working together on the project since the early 2000s, and the vehicle has undergone extensive testing and evaluation. The Puma has been praised for its performance and is considered one of the most advanced IFVs in the world.




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