Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

New species of Puma [AAD16D3]

16 September 2016

OTT Technologies (Hangar 5, outside and inside) has confirmed that it has sold a batch of the latest Puma M36 Mk 5 mine-protected vehicle (MPV) in the armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) configuration to an undisclosed export customer.

The M36 Puma Mk 5 ARV is fitted with a fully enclosed crew compartment at the front with the recovery equipment at the rear, which includes a crane and winches. It has a shorter cab and an additional axle at the rear to make it a 6x6 vehicle and uses the same diesel powerpack as earlier versions.

Also being shown at AAD is the Puma M36 Mk 5 in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration, fitted with a central tyre inflation system that is operated by the driver, and a roof-mounted remote-controlled .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG).

The Puma M36 Mk 5 has an all-welded monocoque hull with a traditional V-shaped lower half to provide a high level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Gross vehicle weight depends on the level of armour protection, but is typically around 14,000kg with an unloaded weight of 11,900kg.

The powerpack of the Puma M36 Mk 5 consists of an Ashok Leyland six-cylinder diesel developing 220hp coupled to a ZF manual transmission and a two-speed transfer box.

The latest Puma M36 Mk 5 is currently being marketed alongside the original Puma M26, which has been built in significant numbers for the export market.

The main advantage of the Puma M36 over the earlier M26 is that it is larger and has more internal volume, which enables it to be used for a wider range of battlefield missions such as ambulance, command post and fire support vehicle armed with a 60mm or 81mm mortar.

In addition to the commander and driver, the latest Puma can carry up to 10 dismounts who are seated five down either side at the rear, facing inwards on blast-attenuating seats.

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