Major Order from the Bundeswehr - Rheinmetall to Supply 30mm Ammunition for Puma IFV

Date: Issue 120 - February 2023

Rheinmetall wins €576 million framework contract to supply 30mm ammunition for Puma infantry fighting vehicle. The German Bundeswehr has signed a framework agreement with Rheinmetall to supply over 600,000 rounds of medium-caliber ammunition for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle. In total, ammunition is to be procured for around EUR 576 million. The budget committee of the German Parliament approved the bill for this comprehensive procurement on 30 November 2022. A first call-off of around 25,000 rounds of DM21 30mm x 173 cal. ammunition is expected to come before the end of 2022. This automatic cannon ammunition order for the Puma will ensure an adequate operational supply for the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, the VJTF. Moreover, the cartridges are required for German Army mechanized infantry training and exercises.

The Puma infantry fighting vehicle is equipped with a Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM automatic cannon (ABM stands for airburst munition). Combining a high rate of fire with state-of-the-art ammunition technology, the MK30-2/ABM is an uncompromising, extremely reliably weapon system. With a maximum operating radius of more than 2,000 meters, the MK30-2/ABM is highly effective against targets on land, at sea and in the air.