Serial production of the BTR established at the enterprises of the concern IVECO at Bolzano, and the first production vehicles delivered in 2001
At the maximum production rate of 16 cars a month supply of the “Puma” to the customer was completed in 2004, VBL (Veicolo Blindato Leggero — light armored vehicle) — this designation was officially assigned to this APC in the Italian army.
“Cougars” in the configuration “4×4” in the Italian army equipped with five reconnaissance regiments with wheeled tank destroyers “centaur” (8×8). In each of the three reconnaissance squadrons of the regiment has three sections, consisting of two fighter tanks “centaur” and four cars “Puma” (4×4). BTR crew consists of six persons along with a driver that allows you to create two reconnaissance by two scouts each.
BTR “Puma” with the wheel formula 4×4 in the embodiment of self-propelled ATGM TOW
Armored personnel carriers “Puma” (6×6), equipped with light infantry, Alpine, airborne and army amphibious regiments. The crew of the BTR with a driver to seven people.
In addition to the delivered under the contract 580 machines “Puma” (4×4), (6×6) delivered two prototypes of armored personnel carriers equipped with Otobreda turret with a 12.7 mm machine gun, firing from which you can maintain the remote drive. The APC is equipped with a package of added armor.
If prototype testing is successful, it is very likely that all previously supplied machines will be upgraded. It may be signing an additional contract.
Specialized versions of the BTR “Puma” will also be produced in accordance with additional contracts.
BTR “Puma” in versions (4×4) (6×6) was proposed to the Ministry of defence of the United Kingdom in accordance with the requirements of the British government on the development of advanced machine and control (Future of Command and Liasion Vehide — FCLV).
Performance characteristics of wheeled armored personnel carriers “Puma” engines IVECO 8052 TCA
Case “Cougars” — all-welded, provides protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. Upper hull plates are inclined.
The driver is placed in front on the left side. It has a hatch opening to the left, in front of which there are three day periscope surveillance device. The Central device can be replaced by a passive night periscope for driving at night.
Engine-transmission compartment is located in front of the machine and separated from the crew compartment by a partition. Access to it is provided through the upper frontal armor plate with special hatches. For troopers equipped with individual seats that can be folded.