Land Weapons

IVECO

Puma

The IVECO Puma series of wheeled AFVs were initially designed to complement the B1 Centauro tank destroyer but are now in widespread service across the Italian Army combat regiments, in numerous roles. Two versions of the Puma exist, a 4 x 4 and a 6 x 6 model, with the latter being clearly larger and capable of carrying additional troops. The Puma has a conventional APC layout with an all-welded steel hull characterized by an inward sloping hull. Protection is sufficient against small arms fire and shrapnel. Depending on the version, the Puma can carry either six or eight infantrymen; these can enter or dismount through three doors, one on each side and one in the rear, all of which feature a bulletproof vision block and a firing port. The vehicle has NBC protection but is not amphibious. Aramment generally consists of an M2 12.7-mm machine gun mounted on the commander's cupola, but some versions are equipped with MILAN ATGMs, Mistral SAMs, and mortars. Aside from Italian Army service, a number of Pumas have been donated to the new Libyan National Army.

Design of the 6634 AVL began in the early 1980s but a requirement for larger vehicles led to the Puma, of which the first prototype was completed in 1988. This comes in 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 versions, the latter which are larger and carry two extra infantrymen. Variants include an ATGM carrier, SAM platform, command post vehicles, and mortar carriers.

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DesignPuma (4 x 4)Puma (6 x 6)
TypeAPCAPC
Year20012001
Crew1 + 61 + 8
Dimensions
Length (w/Gun)4.65 m5.00 m
Width2.09 m2.30 m
Height1.67 m1.70 m
Weight
Loaded5,700 kg7,500 kg
SuspensionHydropneumaticHydropneumatic
Performance
Speed (Off-Road)105 km/h100 km/h
Range (Off-Road)800 km700 km
AmphibiousNoNo
Fording1 m1 m
Vertical Obstacle0.50 m0.50 m
Trench0.50 m0.50 m
Gradient60%60%
Powerplant
Engine1 x 180-hp
IVECO
Type 8042 TCA
1 x 180-hp
IVECO
Type 8042 TCA
FuelDieselDiesel
Power/Weight31.58 hp/t24.00 hp/t
Armament
MainNoneNone
Secondary1 x 12.7-mm
1 x 12.7-mm
Armor
TypeSteelSteel
Thickness--
Max Effective--
Production
Built250330
Total580