Rheinmetall is set to supply laser duel simulators for the German Bundeswehr’s Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFV).

Ausbildungsgerät Duellsimulator (AGDUS) duel simulator technology to be supplied to the German Armed Forces will enable realistic training of mechanised infantry units equipped with the Puma IFV.

Rheinmetall noted that the total of the contract is expected to be valued at up to €142m, including value-added tax.

The company secured the order from the consortium responsible for the Puma, which in turn was awarded the contract by the Bundeswehr.

The AGDUS-equipped Puma IFV will make a key contribution to the combat readiness of German mechanised infantry units.

Initially, Rheinmetall will develop and integrate a pre-series of six systems. The order is valued at €54m.

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Once the system is ready for serial production on a full scale, an option exists for equipping 252 IFVs.

This is expected to result in an additional order worth around €88m for Rheinmetall, which brings the total value of the contract to around €142m.

Each set of AGDUS duel simulators comprises laser detectors arrayed around the vehicle in addition to eye-safe lasers that can simulate the effects of the Puma’s principal weapon systems.

The laser algorithms are programmed to ensure ballistically exact simulation of shots and hits.

Additionally, the AGDUS technology enables simulation of the Puma IFV’s turret-independent secondary weapon system (TSWA) and the vehicle’s self-defence systems.

Due to this, extremely realistic exercises can be performed and evaluated at the German Army Combat Training Centre and other training facilities.

The order completion will be executed by Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems and Electronics Solutions divisions. Majority of the work would be carried out at its locations in Bremen and Unterlüß.

Last month, the German Bundeswehr awarded a €54m order package to Rheinmetall for spare parts and special tools for the army’s Puma IFVs.