Apresentado o PumaO novo Veículo de Combate de Infantaria alemão Puma (foto) foi mostrado ao público pela primeira vez no dia 5 de maio, em Munster (Alemanha), durante as comemorações dos 50º aniversário do exército alemão. O Puma é produzido pela PSM GmbH, e o exército planeja adquirir um total de 410 unidades, num valor total de 3 bilhões de euros. Espera-se para 2007 o anúncio da decisão política de produzir o veículo; por enquanto, a PSM continua trabalhando nos cinco veículos de pré-produção encomendados em 2004. O Puma é oferecido com dois tipos de blindagem: o Level-A permite que o veículo, pesando 31,45t, seja transportado a bordo do futuro avião de carga A400M; o Level-C é obtido após a adaptação de elementos adicionais modulares, que aumentam a proteção contra minas, granadas do tipo carga oca, e armamento de tubo de calibre médio (podem também ser adaptados painéis no teto, para proteção contra submunições anticarro).
EADS Technology Protects German Armed Forces’ Puma Armoured Vehicles (Source: EADS; issued Aug. 14, 2006) ULM, Germany --- EADS is to equip the German Armed Forces’ new Puma armoured fighting vehicles with an electronic self-protection system which repels strikes by guided anti-tank munitions, such as guided missiles, bombs and shells. As reported by the company on Monday, EADS Defence Electronics was initially commissioned to equip the first five prototype Puma vehicles with the MUSS multifunctional self-protection system. MUSS comprises three main elements: (1) warning sensors which detect the incoming missile or laser beam directed at the target vehicle and report this to the (2) central computer of the MUSS system. This in turn activates (3) electronic or pyrotechnic countermeasures, therefore preventing the target from receiving a hit. Therefore, any risk to troops, especially in the complex scenarios of international deployments, will be significantly reduced. “The new technologies that we employ here, are opening up previously unimagined techniques for protecting armoured vehicles from attack, as is already possible for aircraft, helicopters or ships”, declared Bernhard Gerwert, Head of EADS Defence Electronics. “We owe it to our soldiers to use and develop further the technologies available for their protection.” Working together with EADS on the MUSS project is Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (system integration) and Buck (pyrotechnic countermeasures). EADS Defence Electronics is responsible for warning sensors, central computers and electronic countermeasures. The MUSS warning sensors are based on a UV missile warning sensor and a laser warner. Both are extremely compact, and combining them in a single device means that integration into the turret of the Puma can be achieved quite simply. As a result, it is also much easier to retrofit old vehicles. The missile warner was specially designed for use in ground vehicles for the detection of anti-tank missiles. It is based on the MILDS missile warning system for helicopters and aircraft which is tried and tested throughout the world. MUSS has demonstrated its effectiveness against various different threats during extensive tests, including testing on board the Leopard II main battle tank. Besides other projects, EADS Defence Electronics (DE) is decisively involved in the electronic self-protection systems of the Eurofighter, the A400M transport aircraft and the Tiger and NH90 helicopters. In addition, the Business Unit has developed a missile warning system for fighter aircraft, which is currently being integrated into the F-16 aircraft of the Danish Air Force. EADS Defence Electronics is the Group’s Sensors, Avionics and Electronic Warfare House and is an integrated part of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS). With revenues of about EUR 5.6 billion in 2005 and roughly 23,000 employees across ten nations, EADS Defence & Security Systems (DS) forms the defence and security pillar within EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of EUR 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000.