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Puma Wheeled APC/AFV [Closed-No posting]

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Key Data
Puma ICV
Crew: 3 (driver, commander, and gunner).
10 fully equipped soldiers.
Puma RV
Crew: 4 (driver, commander, gunner, and observation officer).
6 fully equipped soldiers.
Puma MGS
Crew: 3 (driver, commander, and gunner).
Puma MV
Crew: 6 (driver, commander, gunner, and three additional mortar crewman).
Puma CV
Crew: 6-10 (driver, commander, and communications officers/staff).
Puma ESV
Crew: 6-10 (driver, commander, and four to eight engineers).
Puma Medvac
Crew: 6-10 (driver, commander, gunner, and three to seven medics).
6 stretchers.
Puma ATGM/AD
Crew: 4 (driver, commander, gunner, second gunner).
Puma APV
Crew: 3 (driver, commander, optional gunner)
10 fully equipped officers.
Cost: $2.4 million NSD per vehicle. $3.5 Million NSD per 40mm & ATGM/AD unit. $4 Million NSD per MGS unit. $3 Million NSD per CV. $1.8 Million per unit for APV variant. DPR: $110 Billion NSD (All variants included).

Dimensions
Length: 7 m (Hull).
Height: 2.68 m (Turret Roof).
Width: 2.72 m.
Weight: 18-20 t. depending on variant.

Performance
Propulsion: CVW C8 290 kW (450 hp).
Transmission: Automatic.
Suspension: 8X8 Wheeled.
Maximum Speed: Up to 100 km/h.
Operational Range: 510 km.
Power/weight: 16 kW/t.

Armament
Puma ICV
Primary: SMJ-AP 14.5 mm Heavy Machine Gun or other substitute (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (5,000 rounds).
Secondary: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (3,000 rounds machine gun).
Additional: 'Speer'-VLATGM ATGM system, mounted on rear top hatch (two missiles per pod, four reloads).
Puma 40mm
Primary: Mk. 103/D 40 mm Automatic Cannon Turret System (1,500 - 2,200 rounds).
Secondary: Coaxial machine gun (LSW MareV2 "MSW" standard, 3,000 rounds).
Additional: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (1,000 rounds machine gun).
Puma RV
Primary: SMJ-AP 14.5 mm Heavy Machine Gun or other substitute (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (5,000 rounds).
Secondary: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (3,000 rounds machine gun).
Additional: 'Speer'-VLATGM ATGM system, mounted on rear top hatch (two missiles per pod, two reloads).
Puma MGS
Primary: WA Type 5.3 105 mm 52 caliber Rifled Cannon (48 rounds).
Secondary: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (3,000 rounds machine gun).
Additional: 'Speer'-VLATGM ATGM system, mounted on rear top hatch (two missiles per pod, two reloads).
Puma MV
Primary: SMJ-AP 14.5 mm Heavy Machine Gun or other substitute (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (5,000 rounds).
Secondary: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (3,000 rounds machine gun).
Gunring mount, interchangeable with other gunring supported weapon systems. (3,000 rounds for most machine guns).
Mission Armament: Mounted mortar system (medium to heavy, 70 to 100 rounds depending on size).
Puma CV
Primary: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (3,000 rounds machine gun).
Puma ESV
Primary: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (3,000 rounds machine gun).
Puma Medvac
Primary: SMJ-AP 14.5 mm Heavy machine Gun or other substitute (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (5,000 rounds).
Secondary: Commander gunring mount, interchangeable with various weapon systems (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (3,000 rounds machine gun).
Puma ATGM/AD
Primary: Dual-barreled SMJ-AP 14.5 mm Heavy Machine Gun or other substitute (GPM, HMG, AGL, etc). (10,000 rounds).
Mission Armament: 12x canister mounts for ATGMs or SAMs (including 'Speer'-VLATGM and Slingshot-VBL). 12-20 canisters stored.

Electronics
Eisen-Schloss Combat Networking.
Frauns FCS. (For MGS variant only).

Protection
Non-active: 4th Generation WA-STEEL Composite Alloy Armor: 1st lvl: ERA blocks or other slat attachments; 2nd lvl: Metal-composite matrix outer layer and composite ARMOX ADVANCE alloy tiles; 3rd lvl: Ceramic SiC armor layer; 4th lvl: fibreglass/rubber internal liner.
Active: 'Shield' Active Protection system. CERA tiles and 4 'shotgun' pellet dispensers.
Crew Protection: NBC protection (main + auxiliary), pentafluoroethane crew compartment fire extinguishing, Halon 1301 + foam fuel tank extinguishing and self-sealing suite.

Background and Design
The Puma Armored Vehicle System, also known as the Puma APC/AFV or just simply Puma, is a wheeled multipurpose armored vehicle designed by Wolf Armaments. After years of utilizing older wheeled systems and troop transports of mostly of the tracked variety, the TECT Armed Forces put in an order for Wolf Armaments to develop a new wheeled armored personnel carrier design for future conflicts; it had to protect its occupants, be able to support troops in the fight, serve many roles, and revolutionize TECT's mechanized forces. Multipurpose capability was very important for the Puma - it would allow Pumas to provide a variety of supporting roles for troops that didn't end with transporting soldiers.

Designs started around previous wheeled vehicles in use since the earlier 1900's. In 1995, designers worked based off improving older designs so that they could invent a brand new one - the Armed Forces wanted a new heavily armed and unique design, not a rebuild of the past. The now basic 8x8, twenty ton body was designed by 1997; new armaments, hull, and a wide list of variants made the vehicle a complete overhaul for the TECT Armed Forces. Wolf Armaments delivered the first batch of Pumas in 1998 to the TECT Armed Forces. In 2006, however, the TECT Armed Forces ordered a total overhaul of its Pumas as well as new standards to newer produced vehicles. The improvements were intended to fix issues, add new technology, and other vast upgrades based on feedback from soldiers and operators in the field. As of 2012, the entire Puma fleet is modernized with future production models following the same design standards.

Based on its 8x8 wheel suspension, the Puma relies on its four tires per side for high mobility. Starting with these tires; they are large and utilize a unique traction design that grips the ground to avoid sliding and becoming stuck. These tires, in the situation they are hit or flattened, deploy a hardening gel that lines the tire, keeping it inflated until it can be replaced with one of the two spares on top of the vehicle's hull. The newly designed hull is based off a spearhead design that angles away waves rather then fight them - in this scenario, airflow and bullets are the wave. The monocoque hull lightens the overall weight but also allows more armor depth into the design, making the Puma a more well protected vehicle. The double 'V' shaped hull gives protection from mines and other explosives from bellow while increasing depth of armor for enemy weapons striking the top portions to fight through - adding further protection to the vehicle. New armor design and styling has further increased the protection of the Puma - add on active protection systems and the Puma's protection increases further. Tools, equipment, and other such items can be latched onto the top of the hull or on the side portions of the hull, adding to the vehicle's battlefield versatility.

The interior allows standard three crewmen or women and up to ten soldier with all their gear. They can access the vehicle via a rear ramp that lowers and rises via pressure locks; the ramp can be forced to lower in the event the vehicle needs to be abandoned - the turret hatch and two side hatches also allow for quick escapes. Two top hatch doors can also be utilized by occupants for its various roles and as an escape point. Designed to assist their unloaded troops - Pumas are heavily armed and armored and can be a challenging combatant on their own. The standard armament of most variants is either the SMJ-AP 14.5 mm Heavy Machine Gun or any medium machine gun that operates as the commander's weapon. Special variants that utilize unique weapons to their mission set include heavy mortars and anti-tank weapons. Pumas are designed for transport, support, and versatility; with its many variants that posses many types of armaments, there is little doubt Pumas have revolutionized mechanized warfare.

Armaments
As a modular design, Pumas of varying role posses unique armaments to combat their intended targets. The primary armament in most cases for the Puma is the SMJ-AP 14.5 mm Heavy Machine Gun mounted via a small turret atop the front portion of the vehicle. Often called a cannon, the 14.5 millimeter is just bellow the standard automatic cannon size - this gives the munition a powerful offense while logistically remaining smaller in size. Wolf Armaments produces three types of 14.5 mm cartridges - the AP14, AP14-B, and the HE14. The AP14 and AP14-B are armor piercing rounds intended either for additional penetration or to produce incendiary damage with penetration power. The HE14 is a high explosive cartridge that focuses more on fragmenting on impact rather then penetrating - it explodes on contact, allowing fragments to hit surrounding targets and for fragments to penetrate the intended target. 14.5 mm rounds are effective against most enemy targets an APC will face; they can penetrate light vehicle armor, destroy structure or defenses, and infantry are often destroyed upon direct hits. With a range of four thousand meters, an AP-SMJ can provide accurate and deadly fire support to infantry it carries. Some Pumas utilize the SMJ-TMG, a gatling version of the 14.5 mm intended for turrets. This gatling system provides more bullets on target at a faster rate while also adding new capabilities for Pumas. A standard weapon system for the commander, such as a medium machine gun or automatic grenade launcher, gives the vehicle additional protection and firepower.

Secondary to the main armament is the 'Speer'-VLATGM ATGM System, which is attached using box launchers on a flexable tower mount behind the turret. 'Speer' is used by a variety of TECT designed vehicles and troops to counter armored and heavily armored vehicles; it is designed to take out almost any armored vehicle, including tanks and heavily armored vehicles, with a powerful warhead that can attack a vehicle with a custom engagement route. 'Speer' also have a wide capability in destroying defenses, structures, and killing grouped infantry. Mission specific armaments will be discussed in the 'variants' section.

Utilizing the 'Eisen-Schloss' Combat Networking system, the Puma keeps up-to-date on information outside of its hard shell. Seeing important data real time on internal devices gives mapping, direct contact tools, and other various systems that allows a Puma to keep in tight communication with allied forces inside its unit, allied units on the battlefield, and connection to command base. The networking is highly encrypted to ensure countermeasures to any hacking or sabotage efforts made by enemy forces.

The updated Frauns Fire Control System uses user and system-supplied data from a variety of sources, to compute, display, and incorporate the three components of a ballistic solution - lead angle, ammunition type, and range to the target - to accurately fire the main weapon systems and defeat hostile forces. The Frauns FCS determines these three components by using a laser rangefinder, crosswind sensor, a pendulum static cant sensor, data concerning performance and flight characteristics of each specific type of round, specific boresight alignment data, ammunition temperature, air temperature, barometric pressure, a muzzle reference system that determines and compensates for barrel drop at the muzzle due to gravitational pull and barrel heating due to firing or sunlight, and target speed determined by tracking rate tachometers in the gunner's or commander's controls handles. This information is gathered by equipment around the vehicle and inside its internal computers. All this information is computed in the ballistic solution and displayed to crew members inside, updating over twenty-eight times a second. The gunner then manipulates the turret with the guidance and assistance of the ballistic computer; essentially making the job a point and shoot fire system, greatly simplifying the job of the gunner.

The Puma utilizes both thermal, night, and reflective mirror viewpoints to spot targets; targets are usually spotted immediately and targets are arranged from the most imminent threat to the lowest by the ballistic computer. These sights are the tank's frontal roof on a 360 degree swivel unit; this unit contains a HD camera feed, thermal camera, night vision camera, and a rangefinder among other visual targeting components. In the event that systems fail or are damaged, the turret and gun can be manually moved by crew inside; aiming is then conducted by using a telescoping sight and quick calculations as with normal operation. Its other systems can use similar methods or have munitions that can find their targets.

Propulsion and Mobility
The Puma is propelled by its CVW V8 290 kW (450 hp) diesel engine. The primary mobility feature of the Puma is its eight wheel design, which give it a heightened mobility and faster speed then any tracked vehicle. Unlike tracked systems, the Puma utilizes wheels capable of faster traversing then heavier tracks can and can travel at sustained higher speeds then any tracked vehicle. This in turn allows the Puma to be fast on the battlefield and provide support from many positions that normal wheeled vehicles or tracked APCs cannot reach. The 8x8 suspension ensures traction and minimal affects on occupants as the vehicle holds complete control even on the roughest terrain with little issue. This powerful engine and mobility allows the Puma to provide fast deployment of troops, strength to provide engineering roles, weight distribution to handle heavier loads, and all at relatively high speeds. The Puma can keep up easily with armored forces or speed past them to support and fight with them in combat.

The Puma's engine is linked to the Eisen-Schloss Combat Networking system on-board, which keeps track of the temperatures of each individual segment of the engine, and both monitors and records engine stresses. The system then notifies both the operators and higher command when replacement or repair is required for components, as well as when the engine or parts of it are coming due for routine maintenance. This contributes to greatly reduced attrition, and total combat readiness is markedly improved as a result, while lowering maintenance workloads. The Eisen-Schloss Combat Networking is also responsible for monitoring the active cooling of the vehicle's exhaust, as a means of reducing the vehicle's already low thermal signature, further enhancing the vehicle's low observability characteristics.

As a recent standard for vehicles, the Puma is fitted with rear-vision cameras for maneuvering in close country or urban environments, a factor which, in other vehicles, has prevented a tremendous number of accidents and eased the psychological load on personnel responsible for moving the vehicles in less-than-optimal conditions. The engine, for safety reasons, is reinforced with armor, like the gas tank, and fitted with automatic fire fighting systems. Wheels are protected with a layer of protection that stops bullets - but if penetrated, deploys are hardening gel that fills the tire and hardens, allowing the vehicle to continue until the tire can be replaced

Networking/Electronics
As with all TECT designed vehicles, the Puma is designed to integrate seamlessly and easily into the most sophisticated of military forces. The vehicle is fitted with a highly extensive sensor suite so as to enable the transmission of as much information as possible into any extant battlenet, while possessing internal computational facilities so as to handle required downloads from it.

While designed to slot into any existing battlespace architecture, the Eisen-Schloss Combat Networking is the primary combat networking suit for TECT designed vehicles. Eisen-Schloss is an integrated and adaptive battlespace network that maximizes combat lethality, performance, and output and enables command and control on an unprecedented scale in any vehicle, unit, and device that uses. Information is sourced not only from multiple sources on the individual platform, but from every Eisen-Schloss equipped friendly vehicle within the battlespace, which provides constant informational updates across a broad spectrum of sources, both known to the operators, and operating below their awareness. At the most basic level, the Eisen-Schloss Combat System aims to accelerate engagement cycles and increase operational tempo at all levels of the battlefield and warfare. This acceleration is achieved by providing a mechanism to rapidly gather and distribute targeting information, and rapidly issue directives. Eisen-Schloss' ultra-high speed networking permits error-free, high integrity transmission in a bare fraction of the time required for voice-based transmission, and permits transfer of a wide range of data formats, from a multitude of compatible sources.

The WA Interface system that is placed in military vehicles from TECT utilize a far more advanced and adaptive control interface than standard, by displaying sensor data from the vehicle's external sensors directly onto the HUD inside the crew's headset-visor. As the crewman turns his head, the view pans, and either physical or voice activated controls are then used as required. By way of example, the crew commander may look left, with the weapon mounted on the commander's weapon station following his movement (if the function is activated). As required, the commander simply has to look at the target, and press the firing stud. Alternatively, he could look at a target, and designate it for engagement by the gunner by either voice command or toggle. Targets can be sequenced for engagement, and the gunner may target and fire in a similar manner using the vehicle's main gun. The gunner's station is identical to, and interchangeable with, the commander's, and either can take on additional roles if the situation requires. When used in conjunction with Eisen-Schloss, and the fast-traversing turret, the engagement speeds of the Puma are almost twice as fast as any previously designed TECT vehicles – a crucial element to AFV survivability, and fire support responsiveness.

Exterior sensors mounted around the vehicle body and turret gather environmental data, input into both the battlespace network and combat systems, and is computed into real-time solutions for crew; these sensors include temperature, humidity, and various other environmental based sensors.The Frauns Fire Control System (a modified version for lighter vehicles) utilizes this gathered information to compute a firing solution for the gunner, based upon analysis of the target beneath the reticle in a telescopic style scope - there are 3x, 6x, and 12x zoom capability for this feature. This is achieved in less time than it would take the gunner to depress the firing stud. The firing solution assisted by Eisen-Schloss generates ensures a near-perfect hit percent at standard ranges, across all conditions, and increases odds for extended range operation. It is even programmed with special firing solutions for special ammunition use, such as missile based cannon rounds.

These systems, including the Eisen-Schloss Combat System and interaction systems, render the vehicle proof against electromagnetic interference or EMP-based attack using encryption and anti-electromagnetic technology, although these systems are a highly expensive addition. It was quickly reasoned, however, that when operating in an environment which may include anti-strategic platforms such as the nuclear arms and EMP weapons, the chances of the platform encountering high levels of electromagnetic interference goes up dramatically, and the dangers this presents far outweigh the relatively modest (though expensive in absolute terms) cost of the implementation of these countermeasure components.

Protection and Armor
The Puma utilizes both non-active and active protection systems in its defenses. It is built with a of special variant to the 'Eisen Wand' 4th Generation Composite Armor - a variant design incorporating a nano-crystal steel alloy by the name of "ARMOX ADVANCE" instead of the usual titanium alloy used in other Commoner vehicles. 'Eisen Wand' is named after the shield used by the Commoner god of war, which is used for both protection and as a weapon.

The first layers of Eisen Wand is made up of 'hard defenses'. This includes the right and left panel insert section along the vehicle's sides; these large sections in question are attachments for compact plates that, in Commoner use, are made from the same ARMOX ADVANCE composite material. The rest of the body can attach these plates or utilize the unique slope design of the vehicle; this slope design adds depth to armor, making it thicker to penetrating projectiles. ERA and/or NERA (or even NxRA) plates can also be placed above the aforementioned areas to combat shaped charge attacks that the vehicle may encounter, or as additional armoring against various threats. The turret and top portions of the vehicle also feature many attachments for these plates as well - including anti-munition explosives that are explained later on. Puma's turret is designed to bring additional protection for crew with its smaller and more angled layout rather then a more larger and more complicated design. The next layer is the vehicle's metal mesh outer layer that makes the surface grainy and hard; under that matrix are tiles of the earlier mentioned ARMOX ADVANCE armor. The thick armoring tiles are connected and act as the vehicle's primary armor and protection against hostile action. Its monocoque hull is then constructed with the same material for additional support. The final layers are a mixture of SiC ceramic armor, rubber, and fiberglass lining in order to protect from certain threats (shaped charges and spall spreading like weapons) and add additional comfort to crews. This armor design is very similar to other Commoner vehicle designs. An anti-shaped charge cage around the body and turret can also be fitted if requested. An NBC system protects the crew from nuclear and biological threats outside the comfort of the thick armor; axillary systems and countermeasures are also in place in the instance the main NBC system malfunctions or fails. Fire protection is also important for crews inside; that is why the Puma uses a Pentafluoroethane crew compartment to combat fire threats and have present fire extinguishing capabilities on board to counteract fires.

The primary means of signature reduction is focused on the engine and drive systems of the vehicle. While already alluded to above in the analysis of the platform's propulsion and mobility, relevant points will be reiterated here for ease of reference. The electric drive differs from conventional AFV drive system arrangements by utilizing a hybrid powerplant. This essentially means that the engine generates electric power which in turn powers the batteries which propel the vehicle. The electric drive has, importantly, implemented a suite of features designed to mitigate its detectability, both acoustically and thermally. Moreover, the presence of dual APUs and the primary and secondary battery banks allow the vehicle to be driven for several hours with the main engines off, which pushes the sound generated to below that of a conventional civilian motor vehicle. As with a number of earlier marks of AFV, the Puma's decoupled suspension is separated from the hull, and similarly separated from the final section which turns the drive wheels, a factor which considerably lowers audibility in itself. By utilizing the Eisen-Schloss Combat System to actively monitor the engine and propulsion systems, the crew are able to remain constantly aware of the amount of noise being generated, and also the amount of heat being radiated. Furthermore, as indicated in the propulsion and mobility section, the Puma, as with some larger military armored vehicles, utilizes active cooling of its own exhaust - a further means of suppressing thermal and infrared signature to enemy forces.

The Puma uses the 'Shield' Active Protection system to protect the vehicle from active ground, aircraft, and other threats, utilizing its twenty-four multipurpose launchers to maximum use, as well as 'shotgun' like dispensers, which essentially launch small pellets in a last ditch effort to strike and destroy incoming ordinances. Serious threats like anti-tank shells, and, more notably anti-tank missiles, incoming AT rockets, and other various ground threats are the primary targets of this system. The newer full system for tanks and other armored vehicles uses a Missile Countermeasure Device (MCD) that emits a massive, condensed infrared signal to confuse the seeker of an anti-tank guided missile. A semi-active control line-of-sight (SACLOS) system acts as countermeasures for wire and radio guided anti-tank missiles, and thermally and infrared guided missiles are also combated. An impressive suite of active ECM as a means of defeating incoming radar guided missiles, and the suite is usually activated if detection equipment determines that multiple radar signatures are illuminating the vehicle in question. The 'Shield' Active Protection system utilizes its radar sensor to quickly detect incoming threats from a 360 degree point of view. Its quick speed allows for immediate action in identifying and track the threat; this system uses either a munitions launcher to launch munitions to explode before hitting the vehicle or a short range shotgun like dispenser that eliminates incoming projectiles like rocket propelled grenades, rockets, and missiles. A newer addition to countermeasures, Anti-Projectile Armor, resembles ERA tiles with many technological advances made onto the idea; this includes directional explosions that counter incoming enemy projectiles, such as tank shells and RPGs, that would otherwise harm the vehicle if not destroy it. The system is primarily set up to protect against guided anti-tank missiles and shaped charge attacks, which are usually used by infantry or other ground units to attack vehicles; this system, when successful, either destroys, knocks the projectile off target, or lessens the affect of the weapon's damage. This system also works against incoming SSM and ASM missiles with both its multilaunchers and MCD. This system has also shown good results in countering incoming tank shells and artillery rounds; aircraft borne munitions are included as a primary target for this system. The Puma's APS essentially mounts an invisible shield around the vehicle against incoming threats.

Crew Amenities
It has been a well-known fact in most militaries that well-rested and alert soldiers with a high morale and a high degree of confidence in themselves and their equipment will perform faster, more effectively and with fewer avoidable errors than those who fall short in any of the above categories. This is why TECT designed vehicles have always put a strong emphasis on designing and manufacturing hardware that can effectively cater for the comfort needs of personnel that fight from that hardware.

The Puma, since it is close to infantry use for long periods of times, fields the commonplace hot and cold water drink point that can be mounted or removed as requested; the water point provides hot water, cold water, and a third option of a cold or warm drink chosen by the crew or occupants. As well as being morale boosting, hot water in particular can be of direct military value, with it being used to brew beverages, and most importantly, it is used for dehydrated ration packs common to many armies and armed services.

The NBC system follows Commoner standards, and features quite adequately as a climate control system, making for working temperatures easily adjustable to every national or personal need (operating temperature range -40C to 55C). The NBC system on the Puma, however, can be removed and/or replaced with alternate systems, should the operating entity so desire. Seat warmers/coolers are also fitted, to ensure greater comfort and optimize combat endurance and dependability of both crew and personnel being transported. The seats can also be adjusted, manually or electronically, to ensure optimum comfort and control access for any shape or size.

Variants

Puma ICV: The Infantry Carrying Vehicle is the standard base model of the Puma and standard military wheeled transport for armies. It is described above in great detail. It carries a full squad of ten soldiers fully equipped for their mission and two tires for quick replacement by the crew. The crew of three operates the vehicle in support of the troops it carries. Heavily armed with the main and secondary weapon system, a two pod ATGM tower provides additional firepower.

Puma 40mm: The Forty Millimeter System (40mm) is a heavier armed model of the base Puma. 40mm's primary difference is its up-armored, unmanned main weapon system, the Mk. 103/D Forty Millimeter Automatic Cannon Turret System. The unmanned turret includes an automatic ammunition feed system, built-in optics for the gunner, an ejection-port for spent casing/debris, and optional add-on points (RWS station, APS add-ons, and an ATGM arm). Puma 40mm can carry a full squad of ten soldiers fully equipped for their mission along with additional supplies (such as spare tires, additional ammunition, etc.); operators can opt to remove passenger space for additional ammunition for the gun system. The crew of three operates the vehicle in support of the troops it carries or units the vehicle is assigned to to support their mission; this would include defeating armored threats or destroying enemies in defensive positions. Heavily armed with the main and secondary weapon system, an ATGM folding arm system supports two missile boxes/canisters for use in defeating heavier armored enemies.

Puma RV: The Recon Vehicle is the scout/recon variant of the Puma series that gathers information and distributes that information to allied units. Its role is to provide advanced recon for larger units it is attached to - essentially spear heading into many assaults and the first to gather information for units. The RV also provides automated enhanced surveillance, target acquisition, target identification, target tracking, target designation, position location and communications functionality. Mounted atop the the roof is an optical sensor tower located near the rear of the vehicle. This tower, which can be folded towards the front of the vehicle, is used for additional visual information gathering - greatly assisting for reconnaissance missions, targeting, and additional information gathering for crews. Located at the top is the sensor suite that rotates 360 degrees and elevates 90 degrees - it includes a visual camera (high definition), night vision, and thermal vision all with extended zoom and quality enhancements. The crew of four provides no transportation service and has an additional set replacement tires making the total count of four.

Puma MGS: The Mobile Gun System of the Puma series is a mobile cannon variant of the Puma. It's main armament, a WA Type 5.3 105 mm 52 caliber Rifled Cannon, is also used as the T-62F's main weapon for its high accuracy and efficient engagement capabilities. The MGS variant's role is to support infantry in a support role, providing direct fire support against hostile entrenchments like bunkers and against enemy vehicles like tanks and armored personnel carriers. The gunner manually loads the cannon and once fired the shell ejects bellow the turret; targeting is handled by the Frauns FCS, the same fire control system used by tanks. This variant holds no occupants other then the three man crew to allow for more storage of ammunition and supplies.

Puma MV: The Mortar Vehicle of the Puma series is a mortar carrying variant designed to provide mobile artillery support to mechanized and infantry forces. Standard armament are medium and heavy mortars, like the Commoner HMS-15 Armbrust 155 mm Heavy Mortar. Its mobile platform allows for quick deployments and fast retreats if necessary. Coupled with the vehicle's electronics and a mortar's linked-in capabilities, mortar crews can perform fast engagements with super high accuracy. A crew of six includes the vehicle's standard operating crew and mortar operating crew; the remaining room is utilized for storage rather then occupant room.

Puma CV: The Command Vehicle of the Puma series is designed to house commanders and act as central command points for mobile armored/mechanized forces. The vehicle is modified and provides commanders with communications equipment, data collection and storage tools, and control function interfaces to analyze and prepare information for combat missions. A CV vehicle can command large or small formations, entire areas, or even connect with various support assets like artillery and aircraft in order to coordinate a mission plan. The standard crew is cut down to size to add further room to the already minimized features; the gunner who operates a RWS (the turret is removed on this model) , a driver, and a commander that commands both the vehicle and his command chain now make up the crew. The remaining eight occupants are either commanders, communications/control officers, or other unit commanders/officers.

Puma ESV: The Engineering Squad Vehicle is a Puma variant designed for fast and light engineering roles for mechanized forces. Its plow and various other tools can be used by Puma formations to operate engineering feats in a hurry. These roles can also include demolition duties as maintenance and defensive work are only some of the possibilities of an engineering unit; plowing through minefields (detonating them with line charges, for which there are two line charge systems on top of the vehicle to launch line charges), destroying obstacles, and various engineering support missions are possible. The standard crew is complimented with seven slots for engineer soldiers. Tools and other equipment can be found mounted around the hull or inside the vehicle.

Puma MEV: The Medical Evacuation Vehicle of the Puma series is an emergency vehicle used to transport injured or incapacitated personnel out of harms way off the battlefield. Utilizing its speed and mobility, an MEV Puma can rush inured soldiers to secure locations for treatment and fight its way out too. Ambulance services such as providing medical care and relief also are a job set for MEV Pumas. This variant can hold six stretchers/patients and be staffed by up to two medics. The standard crew of three is complimented with up to seven medics with a capability of holding six stretchers.

Puma ATGM/AD: The Anti-Tank Guided Missile/Air Defense Vehicle of the Puma series is an anti-tank/air support variant of the Puma. Its equipped armament, including two SMJ-APs and dual missile mount system (supporting twelve missile canisters), are part of an independent turret system; furthermore, both the guns and missile mounts can operate independently from the other mounts in a limited fashion. Twelve to twenty canisters can be stored while the canisters themselves can be replaced within minutes by hand if need be. Various ATGM and (small/medium range) SAM systems can be mounted instead of the standard 'Speer'-VLATGM and Slingshot-VBL. The turret itself is designed to fit in traditional turret and RWS mounts where applicable. It is entirely unmanned, allowing for speedier motors and additional equipment to be added to the vehicle; this includes an internally mounted Ku Band radar system and a mountable folding S Band radar on the roof if desired. The crew of three remains but with an additional gunner to assist in reloading and manning weapon systems. Any additional remaining space is utilized as storage.

Puma APV: The Armored Policing Vehicle of the Puma series is an unarmed police vehicle. Its main cannon, instead of a heavy machine gun, is replaced by an anti-riot water cannon connected to a large water storage unit inside the vehicle (additional tanks can be stored on top). The passenger bay can be utilized for multipurpose use, such as a medical station, command station, or transporting police officers to name a few examples. Speakers are also mounted on the turret to be used by officers. The ATGM mounting position can utilize anti-riot noise makers among many other tools that can be mounted. Crew is standard to three as usual with limitation on military equipment inside and remaining ten slots for police officers or other needs.

Export
The Puma Armored Vehicle System can be acquired on the Wolf Armaments storefront page. Domestic Production Rights for all variants of the Puma can be purchased for $110 Billion NSD.
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