Friday, August 5, 2022

Rheinmetall’s Unterluess plant rolls out 100th Puma infantry fighting vehicle

The 100th Puma infantry fighting vehicle has rolled off the assembly line at the Rheinmetall facility in Unterluess, representatives of the plant said. 

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Puma infantry fighting vehicle is developed, manufactured and controlled by Projekt System & Management (PSM) GmbH, a 50:50 joint venture between Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The jubilee vehicle will soon be provided to the Bundeswehr in Munster.


This is already 200th jointly produced by Rheinmetall Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Puma infantry fighting vehicles and 100th issued in the Unterluess.

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At the Rheinmetall facility in Unterluess, the Puma IFVs are assembled step-by-step at eleven workstations operating double-shift production. Starting with an empty armor-steel hull, the whole process from integrating the latest computer technology and installing the MTU powerpack to fitting the gun turret takes around 26 days.

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Total the Bundeswehr ordered over 342 leading-edge Puma infantry fighting vehicles from Projekt System & Management (PSM) GmbH, a subsidiary of Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall. The delivery of the 342 combat vehicles, which started in June 2015, is scheduled for completion in 2020.

This vehicle represents the optimum combination of such military requirements as a high level of protection, assertiveness, mobility and command capability, making it a leading-edge replacement for its ageing predecessor.

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