December 6, 2023Yuvraj Tyagi

Delays in Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle upgrades challenge Germany's modernization plans

The much-anticipated upgrades to Germany's Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) face delays due to software problems, pushing the initial batch acceptance timeline to late February.

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The Puma IFVs were designed to propel Germany's ground forces into the digital battlefield, but their development and modernization have faced prolonged delays.

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Initially planned to accept 15 upgraded Pumas by the end of 2023, defense officials now project an extension until late February due to issues with the vehicles' software.

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Serving as the replacement for the aging Marder IFVs, the Puma boasts advanced features, including superior protection and a high power-to-weight ratio.

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The ongoing modernization effort aligns with NATO objectives, envisioning the deployment of Pumas in Lithuania and incorporating them into Berlin's future troop contributions to NATO.

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Despite setbacks, including breakdowns during exercises, the German government remains committed to the Puma program, approving the purchase of 50 new vehicles for over $1 billion in May.

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