New infantry fighting vehicle for Germany

German Infantry Get Their Puma

Strategy Page:

The German army is receiving the first 30 of its new Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFV). These are the first of 1,100 Pumas that will eventually (by 2009) replace the 2,000 Cold War era (1970s) Marder IFVs. Puma contains lots of innovations.

The basic model has a remote (from inside the vehicle) control turret equipped with a new 30mm automatic cannon.

The basic Puma is a 29-ton tracked fighting vehicle with a crew of three and can carry eight dismounts. The 30mm cannon can fire “smart” rounds which can be set to detonoate inside buildings or over enemy troops behind cover.

Here’s a pic from Army Technology:

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Check out both the Strategy Page and Army Technology links for much more on this new IFV.

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