VINCORION Supplying Spare Parts for the PUMA IFV’s Weapon Aiming and Tracking System
The mechatronics manufacturer VINCORION has received an order to supply spare parts for the PUMA infantry fighting vehicle’s weapon aiming and tracking system, which is used by NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), among others. The order has a total value of approximately 5.3 million euros. The company plans to deliver the first components before the end of this year.
The PUMA, developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme (RLS), is one of the world’s most advanced infantry fighting vehicles. The IFV has been supplied to the German Army in its standard configuration since 2015. The mechatronics manufacturer VINCORION is the main supplier of 14 different assemblies for the 170 kW high-performance power system as well as for the digital electrical gun turret drive system.
“The PUMA features cutting-edge technologies across all system areas that exemplify the innovative strength and competitiveness of the German defense industry,” said Dr. Stefan Stenzel, Managing Director of VINCORION. “We are proud to be able to help the PUMA maintain its technological leadership throughout its entire product life cycle with our state-of-the-art stabilization systems.”
Combat Effectiveness Enhancement for the VJTF’s PUMA IFV
With around 5,000 soldiers, the VJTF is part of the NATO Response Force (NRF), a high-readiness force comprising land, air, sea, and special forces units capable of rapid deployment. The alliance’s member states provide their forces for the unit on a rotating basis. Starting in 2023, the German Armed Forces will assume a leading role in the VJTF.
To this end, the combat effectiveness of 44 PUMA infantry fighting vehicles is being enhanced to meet the operational requirements of the rapid response force. In this context, additional quantities of spare parts are required to guarantee the vehicles’ unrestricted operational readiness.