Puma engineer tracked armoured vehicle technical data sheet information specification description UK

 
 
Puma Engineer armoured vehicle
 
 
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The Puma is an engineer tracked armoured vehicle based to the chassis of the main battle tank Centurion. Entering service in 1991 in the IDF (Israel Defense Force) , the Puma was optimised from the start for the combat engineers and replaced the makeshift Nagmashot. The name Puma is actually an acronym from the Hebrew term Poretz Mokshim Handasati, literally, 'breakthrough mine engineer vehicle'. The prime function of the Puma is to clear routes through minefields in heavily defended fire zones, giving armoured formations freedom for manoeuvre.
 
Variants :
Puma ARV: recovery version, a crane is mounted at the rear side of the hull.
Puma Thor / Droid: vehicle equipped with electronic warfare protection system Thor and Droid
Puma RAM: armoured recovery vehicles bases to the chassis of the Puma standard version
Puma second generation: the vehicle is equipped with add-on armour, reactif armour mounted to each side of the hull and wire cage against RPG rocket.

 
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Armament
The Puma is armed with three 7.62mm machine guns are fitted. Two are mounted on simple pintle mounts and the third on a Rafael OWS. Three roof-mounted 60mm mortars are carried for use against infantry. To supplement his self-protection the Puma is equipped with IMI CL-3030 smoke grenade launchers mounted at the front of each sides of the hull, each fitted with six smoke grenades.
Protection

The Puma is based upon passive armour arrays applied to the glacis and other vulnerable points. Heavy special armour side skirts are standard, these safeguard the running gear. Additional protection is provided by Toga-style, perforated steel mesh around the storage panniers on the Puma's rear flanks. Recently extra armour has been fitted around the driver's station, on the right side of the glacis. As for many moder armoured vehicle, the Puma can be fitted with a wire cage armor, to protcet the vehicle against fring of anti-tank rocket.

Propulsion
The Puma is motorised with 750hp power pack as the upgraded version of the Centurion tank which was known as the Sho't. This is the General Dynamics Land Systems AVDS-1790-2A diesel engine and the Allison CD-850-6 transmission. Later Pumas are fitted with the Merkava l's power pack, incorporating an AVDS-1790-6A engine generating 900hp and an upgraded CD-850-6 transmission. Heavy-duty Merkava tracks are being installed on later vehicles. Puma engineeer armoured suspension either side consists of six road wheeles with idler at the front and drive sprocket at the rear. The upper part of the suspension is covered by armour plates.
Accessories

The Puma is equipped to mount RKM mine rollers. In addition dozer blades are frequently attached to the front of Pumas. The RKM mine roller is based upon the Russian KMT-5 device, but offers better performance. The RKM system consists of twin track-width rollers, each consisting of two banks suspended from pusher bars. Pumas can now be fitted with a more modern mine-clearing system using fuel-air explosive. This device, known as Carpet, can either be mounted on the back of a Puma or towed. Carpet can fire up to 20 rockets in a minute.

 
Specifications
 
Armament
Three machine guns of 7.62 mm calibre, 1 mortar Soltam 60mm.
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Country user
Israel
Country Designer
Israel
Accessories
Night vision, NBC protection system
Crew
8 soldiers
Armor
Protection against 12.7 mm calibre weapons at the front, 7.62 mm API for the sides and shell splinters of the battlefield.
Weight

51,000 kg

Speed
45 km/hr
Range
450 km
Dimensions
Lenght, 7.55 m; Width, 3.38 m; Height, 2.65 m
 
 
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