Military Embedded Systems

Laser duel simulators to equip Puma infantry vehicles


February 05, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of Rheinmetall.

GERMANY. Rheinmetall will be supplying the German Bundeswehr with simulation technology intended to enable realistic training of mechanized infantry units equipped with the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

At the end of 2019, Rheinmetall received order to this effect from the consortium responsible for the Puma for the duel simulator, which had in turn been awarded the contract by the Bundeswehr December 20, 2019.

A pre-series of six systems will be developed and integrated. Once the system is ready for full-scale serial production, an option exists for equipping 252 infantry fighting vehicles.

Each set consists of laser detectors arrayed around the vehicle as well as eye-safe lasers capable of simulating the effects of the Puma’s principal weapon systems, i.e. the automatic cannon, machine gun, and anti-tank guided missile.

The duel simulators also enable simulation of the Puma IFV’s turret-independent secondary weapon system, as well as the vehicle’s self-defense systems.



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