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Germany Orders New Armored Fighting Vehicle

The German government ordered over four hundred Puma Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles from PSM GmbH. The contract is worth over three billion Euros when all options are included. PSM GmbH is a joint venture between Rheinmetall AG and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH. The contract will take ten years to complete.

The Puma is an advanced tracked vehicle that will carry personnel and weapons. It is considered a replacement for the Marder AIFV which has been in service since the Seventies. The Marder is broadly similar to the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley or the Russian BMP AIFVs. More on the Puma project may be found at the companies website here.

The contract represents a significant investment in new equipment for Germany. With all of these programs there is hope that the vehicle will attract foriegn buyers.

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