Rheinmetall has produced the 200th Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of Germany.
Rolled out at its manufacturing plant in Lower Saxony, it is also the 100th Puma vehicle manufactured in Unterlüß.
The construction of Puma IFV is being carried out by Projekt System & Management (PSM), a 50/50 joint venture (JV) between Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.
The JV companies are in charge of developing and manufacturing the vehicle, in addition to providing subsequent in-service support.
The vehicle will arrive at the Bundeswehr’s force integration organisation in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Upon delivery, the new and advanced combat vehicles will be integrated into the force structure of the German Army.
The delivery of the entire fleet of 342 Puma fighting vehicles, which started in 2015, is stated to be completed in 2020.
The upgraded vehicle is suitable for use in operational scenarios in any climate zone and is designed to set new standards in the areas of battlefield lethality, mobility, command and control, and situational awareness.
Capable of accommodating up to nine soldiers, the Puma IFV features improved fire power and enhanced network-enabled operations capabilities.
The compact design of the vehicle enables it to be airlifted into the theatre of operations in an Airbus-built A400M military transport aircraft.
In addition to manufacturing half of the total 342 Puma IFVs, Rheinmetall is contracted by Bundeswehr to expand the capabilities of the vehicle.
The enhancements to the vehicle include the development of the new turret-independent secondary weapon system (TSWA), allowing for the use of non-lethal munitions and installation of advanced visualisation technology and displays.