The German Bundeswehr has signed a framework settlement with Rheinmetall to provide over 600,000 rounds of medium-calibre ammunition for the Puma infantry preventing car (IFV). In whole, ammunition is to be procured for round EUR 576 million. The finances committee of the German Parliament accepted the invoice for this complete procurement on 30 November 2022. A primary call-off of round 25,000 rounds of DM21 30mm x 173 cal. ammunition is predicted to return earlier than the tip of 2022. This computerized cannon ammunition order for the Puma will guarantee an ample operational provide for the NATO Very Excessive Readiness Joint Activity Drive, the VJTF. Furthermore, the cartridges are required for German Military mechanized infantry coaching and workouts.

Rheinmetall 30mm x 173 cal. ammunition

The Puma is supplied with a Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM computerized cannon (ABM stands for airburst munition). Combining a excessive charge of fireplace with state-of-the-art ammunition expertise, the MK30-2/ABM is an especially reliably weapon system. With a most working radius of greater than 2,000 metres, the MK30-2/ABM is very efficient towards targets on land, at sea and within the air. There are at the moment two ammunition sorts straight accessible by way of the autocannon’s twin ammunition feed. Conserving the burden throughout the 35-ton restrict additionally led to a smaller calibre for the secondary armament, a coaxially mounted 5.56 mm HK MG4 machine gun firing at 850 rounds per minute and with an efficient vary of 1,000 m. The ammunition capability is 2,000 rounds; 1,000 prepared to fireplace and 1,000 in storage.


MK 30-2/ABM muzzle with a measurement and programming component.
Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM computerized cannon

Rheinmetall is a key provider of service ammunition to the Bundeswehr. The corporate produces two most important varieties of 30mm x 173 cal. service ammunition for the Puma: the KE-TF DM21 and KE DM33. Extraordinarily dependable programming of the KE-TF, which stands for Kinetic Vitality Time Fuse, lets the Puma have interaction giant infantry-type space targets. The smaller 30x173mm cartridge presents main weight saving benefits for instance compared to the Bofors 40 mm gun mounted on the CV9040 due to a a lot decrease ammunition dimension and weight. The belt feed system additionally provides numerous rounds prepared to fireplace, whereas the 40mm presents solely 24 photographs per journal. This isn’t an issue in a CV9040, however would power the Puma off the battlefield to reload the unmanned turret.

30mm x 173 cal. ammunition
Rheinmetall 30mm x 173 cal. ammunition

The Puma is a German infantry preventing car (IFV, Schutzenpanzer) designed to switch the getting old Marder IFVs at the moment in service with the German Military. Manufacturing of the primary batch of 350 automobiles started in 2010 and was accomplished in August 2021. A second batch of 229 Pumas has obtained funding. Mass manufacturing started on 6 July 2009.The businesses accountable for this challenge are Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme, who created a three way partnership within the type of Projekt System Administration GmbH (PSM). The Puma is without doubt one of the world’s best-protected IFVs, whereas nonetheless having a excessive power-to-weight ratio. In March 2022 a second batch comprising 229 Pumas of the most recent normal was introduced to be ordered by the German army.