Sunday, March 17, 2019

If the Puma IFV isn't off the US Army's radar it should be!

via Defense News.
German and U.S. military officials had planned, then canceled, a demonstration this week of the Bundeswehr’s Puma infantry fighting vehicle, as the U.S. Army surveys candidates for its Next-Generation Combat Vehicle program.

A German Army spokesman confirmed that an event had been scheduled at the Munster tank-training area for Jeffrey White, a deputy to U.S. Army acquisition chief Bruce Jette. White ended up canceling because of a scheduling conflict, the spokesman told Defense News.

Officials on both sides of the Atlantic were tight-lipped about the details of the planned visit and whether another date is being explored. It is also unclear which country initiated the contact, though the government interested in another’s hardware would typically lodge the request for a demonstration.

The apparent curiosity by the U.S. Army in the Puma evokes memories from 2010 and 2011, when the German vehicle, still largely in the development stage at the time, was a contender for the now-defunct Ground Combat Vehicle program. Boeing and SAIC, along with the German manufacturing consortium of Rheinmetall Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, had pitched a modified version of the vehicle for the U.S. Army.
Story here. 

I can understand a bit of politeness to our German allies by taking a look at their vehicle but the armored vehicle revolution has arrived and their are too many interesting platforms out there...

Like the KF-41...

Or the Redback offering from S. Korea...

And the Singapore Next Generation Fighting Vehicle.

In short the Puma IFV is from a previous generation.  Too many outstanding offerings out there that make it rather old news.

I repeat.  If the Puma IFV isn't off the US Army's radar, it should be!

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