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Puma Armored Personnel Carrier

Puma 6x6


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 2001
Manufactured by: Consorzio Iveco Fiat OTO Melara
Crew: 4x4 = 1+6
6x6 = 1+8
Armament: (1) 7.62mm machine gun or 12.7mm HMG (Pintle Mounted); Can also mount Hitrole Remote Weapon Station equipped with above weapons or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
Engine: (4) Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: Officially referred to as the Puma Veicolo Blindato Leggero (VBL), most references list this vehicle as an APC or Reconnaissance Vehicle.  Both 4x4 and 6x6 base vehicles are produced and main variants include Ambulance, (2) ATGM Vehicles (TOW & Milan), Command Post Vehicle, Mistral SAM Vehicle and Mortar Carrier.  Can also be adopted to NBC reconnaissance or internal security roles.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Puma 4x4 APC Photo Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  Puma 4x4 APC Line Drawing IVECO
  Puma 6x6 APC Line Drawings IVECO
      Puma 6x6 APC Photos Neil Baumgardner - Arlington, Virginia USA
      Puma 6x6 APC Photos Oto-Melara SpA
  Puma APC Sales Brochure (circa 1988) IVECO
  Puma APC Sales Brochure (2012) Oto-Melara SpA
    Hitrole Remote Weapons System Photos Oto-Melara SpA

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Puma 4x4 APC Information and Photos Army Guide.org
Puma 6x6 APC Information and Photos Army Guide.org
Puma APC Information and Photos Army Technology.com
Puma APC Information and Photos Military-Today.com

Printed

Reference Author
Escercito Italiano: Vehicles of the Modern Italian Army In Action (Tankograd Publications) Soren Sunkler
ISAF Vehicles in Afghanistan: 2007 (Kabul and Kandahar Areas) - Mushroom Model Publications

Book Review by Patrick Keenan

Dick Taylor
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher Foss

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Puma 4x4 Armoured Car (BM7229) Brach Models/Mr. Panzer 1/72 Resin. Kit Originally released by Mr. Panzer
Puma 6x6 Armoured Car (BM7230) Brach Models/Mr. Panzer 1/72 Resin. Kit Originally released by Mr. Panzer
Italian Puma 44 Wheeled AFV (05525) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded plastic.
Italian Puma 66 Wheeled AFV (05526) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded plastic.
       
Accessory/Detail Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Italian Puma 6X6 AFV Sagged Wheel Set (DW35047) DEF Model 1/35 Resin. For 6x6 Trumpeter kit
Italian Army Puma 4x4/6x6 Michelin XZL 11.00 R16 Wheel Set (MA35012) Egys Model 1/35 Resin. For both 4x4 & 6x6 Trumpeter kits
Puma 4x4 Armoured Vehicle Detail Set (PE 35545) Voyager Models 1/35 Photo Etched Brass. For 4x4 Trumpeter kit
Puma 6x6 Armoured Vehicle Detail Set (PE 35625) Voyager Models 1/35 Photo Etched Brass. For 6x6  Trumpeter kit

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Puma 4x4 APC Model Photos (Trumpeter 1/35) Mike Oberholtzer - River Forest, Illinois USA