For the purpose of evidencing the mission capability of the PUMA armored infantry combat vehicle in harsh winter conditions, the arctic test of the vehicle takes place in one of Europe’s coldest regions.
After having started road transport in Kassel, Germany, the production vehicles of the PUMA armored infantry combat vehicle have arrived in the Allied Training Center in Porsangmoen, Norway, three weeks later.
Over a period of approximately three months the extreme tests will be conducted far north of the polar circle. In snow and ice and at very low temperatures, mainly mobility and firing trials as well as measurements in the interior will be conducted.
One of the Bundeswehr requirements for the PUMA armored infantry combat vehicle is the global operation in almost all climatic conditions. In order to guarantee that this requirement is met, the Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik (Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement) has drawn up an appropriate compliance program which will be implemented with technical assistance provided by the specialists of the Bundeswehr technical centers.
Soldiers, however, will also be represented by experienced personnel in Lakselv.
The direct PUMA support at the test location is ensured by qualified private sector personnel.