German Puma IFVs: 17 repaired, 150 are upgrading to S1 design

BERLIN, GERMANY — In mid-December, BulgarianMilitary.com wrote that during an exercise, the combat capability of 18 German infantry fighting vehicles Puma was reduced to zero. Then a report by the German Major General Ruprchet von Butler. He is a commander of the 10th armored brigade of the German army. On December 18 he described the Puma’ situation that worried the Bundeswehr.

German Puma IFVs with next-gen of MUSS soft-kill missile defense
Photo credit: EDR Magazine

German Pumas participated in an exercise alongside Leopard 2 tanks. The tanks achieved 90 percent readiness, at the expense of the failed Pumas. Germany’s Ministry of Defense announced in January that 17 of the 18 German Pumas had already been repaired. They have been returned to service.

Serious damage was found

The German online portal Soldat Und Technik writes that the repair was carried out in the repair shops of Pfreimd, Regen, and Unterluss. According to sources at these facilities, the inspection found minor, moderate, and, of concern, more serious damage. Germany’s defense ministry says there is one problem left to solve, but did not specify which one. Perhaps it is this problem that is classified as “more serious” than the background of the others.

Puma IFVs were designed at the end of the first decade of the new millennium. It went into operation in 2015, and at the moment only Germany supports Puma, although there is no lack of interest from Croatia and Chile.

S1 design

To date, 350 infantry fighting vehicles have been produced. The first batch delivered to the German army was of 150 Pumas. Soldat und Technik writes that they are already in the process of being upgraded to the S1 level. The second batch is expected to enter service soon and will either come directly upgraded to the S1 design or will happen at a later stage. The second batch ordered from Berlin to manufacturers Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme is 229 units.

40 Pumas from the first 150 units delivered will be modernized this year. Design S1 includes more effective weaponry and communications technology capable of rapidly providing a situation image and GPS coordinates to fighter jets. This standard is from 2021, and according to the statements of the German Ministry of Defense, it has already passed successful tests in the same year.

Base Puma IFV version

The base version of the Puma IFV includes a 30mm MK30-2/ABM autocannon with 400 rounds. The secondary weapon is the 5.56 mm HK MG4 machine gun. It is this weapon that will be replaced in the S1 design by the 7.62mm MG5 with 2,000 rounds. in addition, the German Pumas have integrated in their weapon turret Spike LR anti-tank guided missile.

The armor of the Puma IFV is AMAP. Advanced Modular Armor Protection [AMAP] is a German development and according to its manufacturer, IBD Deisenroth Engineering is a 4th generation armor. AMAP is a composite armor made of nano-ceramics and modern steel alloy technologies.

Germany showed turret-independent 40mm 360° IFV secondary weapon
Photo credit: Wikipedia

The combat capability of the German Pumas is of utmost importance for the effectiveness and readiness of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force [VJTF] to NATO. Germany has already topped these powers since the decline of the year. However, the 18 damaged Pumas only concerned combat capability inside the Bundessphere. In the VJTF, Germany is ready at any time to replace damaged Pumas with 28 excellently repaired and refurbished, but older versions of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle.

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