Jane’s is reporting that the German Army has received their first batch of production standard Puma Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles at a ceremony at the Unterluss Proving Ground on June 23. Produced by Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM), the Bundeswehr plans to take delivery of 350 Puma AIFVs by 2020, a number reduced from the original plan for 405. According to the article, the total value of the Puma contract is now EUR4.3 billion (USD4.9 billion) including additional equipment.
The Puma AIFV is the replacement for the current Rheinmetall Landsysteme Marder 1 IFV, which entered service with the Bundeswehr in 1971, although it has been constantly upgraded since then, the latest version being the Marder 1A5 developed for deployment to Afghanistan. The Puma has already undergone a number of major design changes, including modifications to the hull that included adding an additional road wheel either side for improved mobility.