German Army Upgrades 143 Puma IFVs for 770 Million Euros – MELLS Guided Missiles
Defence Redefined
Published on 19/04/2023 at 16:47

The German Armed Forces have decided to proceed with the upgrade of 143 Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) with the cost reaching 770 million euros.

The German authorities have signed a joint venture of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall with Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM) to upgrade Puma IFVs to S1 Design.

The S1 Design includes an upgraded armament of MELLS multi-role guided missiles, upgraded day and night vision systems, digital communication systems for immediate transmission of the operational image and a GPS system capable of linking and coordinating with fighter aircraft.

The fire-and-forget MELLS anti-missile missiles are the product of the Eurospike joint venture between German companies Rheinmetall, Diehl and Israel’s Rafael. The range of MELLS missilescan reach up to 4-5 km. The German Army signed a contract for the supply of MELLS systems in 2021 worth 88 million euros.

*Cover photo: Rheinmetall

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