The Schützenpanzer Puma is an armored infantry fighting vehicle developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme for the German Army. It entered service in 2010. It was designed for personnel transport and infantry support role. The Puma is protected by AMAP (Advanced Modular Armor Protection), featuring the capability to flexibly mount different types of modular armor, such as the AMAP-B module, which is used for protection against kinetic energy projectiles, and the AMAP-SC, which offers protection against shaped charges. This infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is powered by a MTU V10 892 diesel engine, generating 1,100 horsepower.
The Schützenpanzer Puma is armed with a Rheinmetall 30mm MK 30-2/ABM autocannon with a rate of fire of 200 rounds per minute and an effective range of 3,000 meters. This automatic gun fires fin-stabilized kinetic energy penetrator tracers, and kinetic energy-timed fuse (KETF) amunition. The Puma is fitted with a fully stabilized 360° periscope with 6 different zoom stages, offering a direct glass optic link to either the commander or the gunner. The gunner has a thermal vision camera and laser range finder (identical to those on the PERI) and an optronic day sight, rounded off with a vision- and a glass block.
Specifications for the Schützenpanzer Puma
Type: tracked, armored, infantry fighting vehicle
Weight: 43 tons with extra armor
Width: 3.7 m
Length: 7.4 m
Height: 3.1 m
Crew: 3 (commander, driver, gunner), plus 6 fully equipped troopers
Engine: 1,100hp, MTU V10 892 diesel engine
Maximum speed: 75 km/h (42mph)
Range: 600 km (375mi)
Weapons: one Rheinmetall 30mm MK 30-2/ABM autocannon; 5.56 mm HK MG4 machine gun; up to 8 Spike LR anti-tank guided missile; 6-shot 76 mm grenade launcher
Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Video)