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The new BMP was offered to be called "Hedgehog": the German "Puma" was criticized in Germany

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The Bundeswehr positions the Puma infantry fighting vehicle as the most advanced product in its class. However, many years after its appearance in the German army, this model has a number of shortcomings, which require alteration of existing copies. This situation arouses sharp criticism in the FRG.


"Tactical combat unreadiness"


Puma replaced the 50-year-old Marder BMP. According to current plans, a division with five battalions of panzergrenadiers (German designation for motorized infantry) equipped with Pumas should be formed by 2027. In total, 350 vehicles were ordered (taking into account the needs of training centers), of which 266 have already been received.

Despite the massive transfer of new equipment to the army, its refinement continued for a long time. So, during operational tests in July 2020, significant flaws were found in the BMP. Only on March 18, 2021, it was announced that Puma, after the hard work of the military and industry, had reached "tactical combat capability", which allows it to be used when deployed to NATO troops.

However, only 40 of the 266 available units were fine-tuned to the combat readiness standard. This is enough to equip the 112th Motorized Infantry Battalion to participate in NATO programs, although more than 250 combat-ready Pumas are required to fulfill the obligations of the alliance. The upgraded infantry fighting vehicles received the designation Puma VJTF.

Optics, efficiency weapons and the protection of the soldiers was improved again [on the 40 vehicles indicated]. There is no contract for the rest of the BMPs yet, and there is no approved money either.

- writes German columnist Thomas Wigold on Augen geradeaus.



BMP was supposed to become "Hedgehog"


As he points out, история with "Puma" has been going on for a long time. The first funds for its creation were allocated in 2002. In June 2009, the Bundestag approved the conclusion of a contract for the production and supply of 405 units. In 2011, that number dropped to 350. In 2013, then Defense Minister Thomas de Mezières announced that Puma was not yet ready for military use.

By the way, anecdote: even finding a name for the successor to "Marder" was not easy. At the beginning of the century, Defense Minister Peter Struck rejected a proposal to name the new BMP Panther - the name the Wehrmacht used for one of its tanks... Meanwhile, the combat vehicle was supposed to be called Igel ["Hedgehog"], which was not so enthusiastically received in the army. And then she became "Puma"

- Thomas Wigold writes as a conclusion, subtly pointing to a more appropriate name for this creation of the German defense industry.

How the system should look in action, especially when combined with dismounted motorized infantry, the industry showed last year in this promotional video:

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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U April 3 2021 05: 43
    -5
    "Hedgehog" - no mind, no legs, but "Puma" - benefits as from the State Duma.
    1. AUL
      AUL April 3 2021 06: 23
      +12
      I would like to be more specific about the claims to the car. And just "significant shortcomings" - does not say anything!
      1. Klingon
        Klingon April 3 2021 12: 19
        +2
        comrade blurted out anyhow, the usual urrya-patriotic.
        specifically, there are basically two complaints about the car: its weight (especially with additional screens) and a very biting price tag (even for the Germans). well, quite a good modern car
        1. Vladimir_2U
          Vladimir_2U April 3 2021 12: 22
          -1
          Quote: Klingon
          comrade blurted out anyhow, the usual urrya-patriotic.

          Is it about the State Duma or what? laughing
        2. Barberry25
          Barberry25 April 3 2021 19: 31
          0
          well, there is also the difficulty in servicing, which even in peacetime only 40/266 are combat-ready ..
    2. Thrifty
      Thrifty April 3 2021 06: 40
      -1
      The Germans don't have to worry about optics, they have always been at a high level. If, for example, they do not want to really fight against Russia, even on the territory of the same uk-Royna, as part of the "peacekeeping military corps of NATO", there is nothing to be hysterical that "evil Russia" is their enemy.
    3. Doccor18
      Doccor18 April 3 2021 06: 55
      +2
      It took a long time to decide on the name ...
      Rejected - "panther"
      There are reasons for sadness
      With the "hedgehog" of the Bundeswehr ...
  2. Theodore
    Theodore April 3 2021 05: 52
    0
    Gopher! The very thing!
  3. Cowbra
    Cowbra April 3 2021 05: 55
    0
    It would be inconvenient when they launched a fairy tale that Russian hedgehogs eat
  4. Alexander Kopychev
    Alexander Kopychev April 3 2021 06: 57
    +6
    Do not underestimate the Germans - the warriors are great. In the Warsaw Pact, the GDR army was the most combat-ready.
    1. Private-K
      Private-K April 3 2021 07: 27
      -1
      Quote: Alexander Kopychev
      Do not underestimate the Germans - the warriors are great. In the Warsaw Pact, the GDR army was the most combat-ready.

      That was a long time ago: "The Germans are not the same." (Tm)
      The moral and psychological situation and social and political predilections make the Western European armies ineffective. Simply put - the fighting spirit is mute. Moreover - he, the fighting spirit, in fact, is prohibited.
      1. Alexander Kopychev
        Alexander Kopychev April 3 2021 07: 44
        +5
        That was a long time ago:

        It was the 33rd year after which the Phoenix was reborn from the ashes. The Naglo-Saxons have learned the lesson that we are now seeing. And the Teutonic spirit is a constant value, worthy of close attention and respect, like our native Russian fighting spirit and the glorious traditions of our ancestors. The enemy must be respected, and the Bundeswehr is the enemy today. All these laughs about gophers and hedgehogs are frivolous.
        1. Private-K
          Private-K April 3 2021 20: 20
          -2
          Quote: Alexander Kopychev
          It was the 33rd year after which the Phoenix was reborn from the ashes. ...

          Well, hello! We compared the nemaks of the 1920s and 30s, anxiously wishing for revenge and joyfully running into the ranks to march and modern ones. Have you read anything about the modern Bundeswehr - fortunately, Russian is full of materials, incl. from those who served.

          Quote: Alexander Kopychev
          The Naglo-Saxons have learned the lesson that we are now seeing.

          Well, these guys put a stern hand on the destruction of the "spirit of Schiller".
          This is again a pebble on the scales of my opinion. Not even a pebble - a lump, for it is very important.

          The previous Mminister there - Ursulka - ruled for a long time and shit above the roof.
          There, all state policy and education is against what gives combat capability and nurtures the spirit.
  5. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat April 3 2021 07: 10
    -3
    Is the Das Reich Panzer Grenadier Division to be formed by 2027?
    1. Private-K
      Private-K April 3 2021 07: 20
      -3
      Quote: stock buildbat
      Is the Das Reich Panzer Grenadier Division to be formed by 2027?

      Made up of anarchists and LGBTQ + activists?
  6. Konnick
    Konnick April 3 2021 07: 14
    -2
    I can't imagine how to control the touchscreen on the move across rough terrain, is it really impossible to mobilize a girl like Alice from Yandex and interrogate her "ver ist partisan", and also use a virtual reality helmet instead of several screens. Filming of work with tablets was made when this Hedgehog is standing still, what's this? Every 5 minutes, stop and look again where these partisans ran away?
    1. Crimean partisan 1974
      Crimean partisan 1974 April 3 2021 07: 50
      -1
      a girl like Alice from Yandex and interrogate her "ver ist partisan",
      ....... and she once a knight's move .. "nicht ferstein" "main das is reich" ... and that's all ..
      1. Cowbra
        Cowbra April 3 2021 08: 40
        +1
        The dog knows her, the German entu Alice. He will see enough German films - and will begin to tell how hedgehogs reproduce
    2. Klingon
      Klingon April 3 2021 12: 14
      +3
      On Armata, there is also interaction with touchscreen screens. What also stops every 5 minutes?
  7. lopuhan2006
    lopuhan2006 April 3 2021 08: 41
    +1
    And where should they hurry? War is not foreseen, surrounded by allies, the colonies do not need to be guarded. Better to spend money on social services and inside the state. It's more difficult for us, so we have to fall off on defense. The Fritzes are everywhere in the army like this: from the Navy to the Air Force.
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek April 4 2021 08: 21
      0
      Quite right. And even in NATO, if you look at it, they are doing support missions ... refueling, logistics, reconnaissance.
  8. rotfuks
    rotfuks April 3 2021 08: 53
    -5
    Liquid crystal displays on military equipment are of course informative and modern. But all of these liquid crystal displays have a big drawback. We have a company car from a well-known German manufacturer. There, all devices such as a speedometer, a temperature and pressure gauge, an indication and even a rear-entry camera are displayed on one display. All this miracle of technology works great in the summer. In winter, at minus 10 frost, the display freezes and shows absolutely nothing. You need to either warm up the engine and interior or go blindly, without instruments and wait for the display to warm up and work. In a frost of minus 14, you need to drive 8 kilometers for the display to thaw.
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  9. Klingon
    Klingon April 3 2021 12: 12
    0
    the film compares the analog (cartographic) orientation system and analog communication of the BMP Marder and the landing force with a fully automated digital communication system and interaction with the BMP Puma infantry force
  10. garri-lin
    garri-lin April 3 2021 18: 00
    +2
    A good name for armored vehicles. Hedgehog.center][/ Center]