Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have secured a €1.087 billion contract to manufacture an additional 50 Puma infantry fighting vehicles for the Bundeswehr.
In the project’s subcontracting roles, KMW will receive €574 million while Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH is set to receive €501 million, totaling the allocated amount.
Alongside the procurement of 50 armored fighting vehicles, the order includes spare part packages, special tool sets, and eight MELLS flight-phase simulators, with the possibility of additional driver training vehicles and integration of a turret-independent secondary weapon system (TSWA).
In February 2023, BAAINBw granted an order for the extensive modernization of 143 existing Puma IFVs in German Army service, which were still operating on the previous standard, to align them with the latest S1 standard by 2029.
The upgrade encompasses various enhancements, such as the integration of high-resolution day- and night-capable camera systems, the MELLS multirole lightweight guided missile system, and digital radio equipment.
Notably, the newly ordered fifty vehicles will also be delivered in compliance with the latest S1 standard.
The Puma infantry fighting vehicle serves as the primary weapon system for the German Army’s mechanized infantry, accommodating a crew of nine and featuring force protection technology. It provides battlefield lethality and a network-enabled operations capability.
Delivery is scheduled to begin in December 2025 and conclude by early 2027.