With the introduction of the Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV), the German Army now has the most advanced weapon system of mechanised infantry at its disposal. Owing to innovative technologies, it is superior to any comparable system and is currently state of the art.
The Puma AIFV, however, is not an evolutionary variant of known infantry fighting vehicle concepts. It is rather a result of progressive innovations, creating a new yardstick with respect to effect, mobility, C² capability and reconnaissance.
Since 2009, servicemen and -women of the German Army have actively accompanied the process of development and fielding. In the course of training that started in Munster in 2015, the forces have directly contributed their expertise. In close cooperation with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and with the partners in industry, the inevitable teething problems at the start of any new weapon system have systematically been resolved, necessary adaptations have continuously been applied.
No other armoured fighting infantry vehicle offers mobility to this extent at a comparable level of protection. The mix of highly precise weapons in connection with optic systems capable of target discrimination ensures battle effectiveness of the highest degree, particularly when interacting with a dismounted infantry section. The effective and robust interconnection of the platform and the Future Infantryman – Extended System (IdZ-ES) for every dismounted soldier allows for a consistent digitisation of the mechanised infantry system. With its combination of active and passive systems, the Puma AIFV additionally provides the best possible protection of its crew.
So far, its performance in tests and exercises in urban terrain, in complex scenarios at the Combat Training Center and as part of test firing has been absolutely convincing.
70 vehicles of the first batch of 342 planned Puma AIFV are still remaining and are expected to be delivered to the Army until 2021. The first of the delivered armoured fighting vehicles will then already be earmarked for modernisation through the integration of MELLS and a multi-functional self-protection system.
By March 2021, 41 Puma AIFV of the first batch are going to be converted to a configuration baseline very similar to modernisation status. Furthermore, the analog radios of these 41 AIFV will be replaced by modern software defined radios. In this way, the prerequisites for deploying the Puma AIFV as part of VJTF(L) 2023 will have been established.
If the planned trials are successful and a Battle Management System (BMS), also envisaged for VJTF(L) can be procured in good time, we should be well on track for starting the basic digitisation of land forces – with the Puma AIFV at its centre.
The Puma AIFV is a system which brings the best weapon systems, best protection and best mobility to bear. For mechanised infantry, Puma and IdZ-ES stand for digital networking on the battlefield. This is where the future begins. For the Army as a whole, this is a key milestone on the road to Army 4.0!
This special edition presents the details of this central armament project of the German Army. I hope you enjoy reading and that you find some interesting insights and informative tidbits.
Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer, Chief of Staff, German Army
- The Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle – Future-Viable Equipment for Mechanised Infantry – Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer, Chief of Staff, German Army
- The Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) – Wolfgang Hellmich, Member of the Bundestag, Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Defence Committee
- Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle – Reference also for Future Developments – Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, Chief Executive Officer BDSV e.V.
- The Puma AIFV – The Optimum Asset for the Mechanised Infantry Today and Tomorrow – Mark Mozer, Assistant branch chief at the Federal Ministry of Defence
- Army Requirements for the VJTF Puma AIFV Capability Profile – Captain David Di Dio, Assistant Section Chief, Mechanised Infantry at the German Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
- Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle – Capability Requirements in the ”Panzergrenadier” System – Michael Horst
- Puma AIFV – Procurement and Control of In-Service Support under One Roof – BAAINBw K 5.2/Mittler Report Verlag
- The Puma in the Army – Lieutenant Stefan Gewinner
- Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle – From the Drawing Board onto the Battlefield – Captain Simon Schwägerl, Desk officer for the Puma AIFV at the Land Systems Technology Training Center
- Implementation of Capability Requirements in Technical Solutions within the Framework of the Complete Puma AIFV System – PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH
- System-based Boundary Conditions for the Puma AIFV – PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH
- Modularity and Standardisation to Maintain Future Viability – R. H. Huth, PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH
- The Turret of the Puma AIFV and its Control Stations – Concept with Fire Control – KMW GmbH & Co. KG
- rothe erde® wire-race bearings – Equipped for tomorrow’s mission – thyssenkrupp rothe erde Germany GmbH
- Slip Rings: Customised, Efficient and Robust – Schleifring GmbH
- High-Performance Power System and Digital Electric Gun Turret Drive System GTdrive® from VINCORION – VINCORION – JENOPTIK Advanced Systems GmbH
- The Puma AIFV Armament Concept – Rheinmetall Defence
- MELLS (Spike LR) – State-of-the-Art Guided Missile Weaponry for the Puma – EuroSpike GmbH
- Turret-independent Secondary Weapon System – Rheinmetall Defence
- Communication and Command – Combat Forces Command and Control System – KMW GmbH & Co. KG
- One-stop command support communication systems solutions – ATM ComputerSysteme GmbH
- Vehicle communication system for Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle – Martin Stalp, Solution Manager, Thales Deutschland GmbH
- Robust radiocommunications as the basis for digital command and control effectiveness – Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
- Future Soldier – Expanded System: Status and Ongoing Development from the Viewpoint of the Contractor – Author team Rheinmetall Defence
- The Puma AIFV Chassis – Innovative components for maximum mobility – Rheinmetall Defence
- Safety Seat Systems – Integral component of the overall Puma AIFV safety concept – AUTOFLUG GmbH
- The Expert of Day View Systems – Periscopes – bullet resistant glass – GuS GmbH & Co. KG
- Running Gear – the Legs of the Puma AIFV – KMW GmbH & Co. KG
- Made-to-measure for the Puma AIFV: the MTU PowerPack – MTU Friedrichshafen
- Transmission and Final Drive for AIFV Puma – RENK AG
- Overall Protection Concept – KMW GmbH & Co. KG
- Protection of the Puma AIFV against Shaped Charge Threats by Means of Explosive Reactive Armour – Dynamit Nobel Defence GmbH
- GEKE Schutztechnik GmbH – Your Specialist for Sophisticated Protection Concepts – GEKE Schutztechnik GmbH
- Complete solutions from one leading supplier – HENSOLDT
- Puma System Logistics – PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH
- Training Materials for the Puma AIFV – PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH
- Puma AIFV 2023 and Subsequent Years – PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH