According to Exim Trade, Pakistan is getting 79 refurbished Puma 6X6 from Italy.
The Defence Vehicles Division of IVECO developed the Puma family of 4×4 and 6×6 light armoured vehicles to meet the requirements of the Italian Army.
After extensive trials with prototype vehicles, the army placed a contract with IVECO in 1999 covering the supply of 540 Puma vehicles. The first vehicles were completed in 2003.
Of the 540 vehicles, 320 will be in the 6×6 version with the remaining 220 in the 4×4 configuration. The 6×6 version of the Puma will typically be used in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) role, while the 4 x 4 version will typically be used for reconnaissance.
To reduce overall life-cycle costs, the Puma family shares many common components, such as the diesel engine, automatic transmission and suspension.
The baseline APC version of the Puma is armed with a 12.7mm M2 machine gun. However, the vehicles can be fitted with a range of turrets and cupolas developed by Oto Melara, including one with a remote-controlled weapon.
IVECO has developed a number of specialised versions of the Puma for the Italian Army. These include ambulance, command post, 81mm mortar, air defence with MBDA Mistral missiles and two anti-tank (one with the Raytheon TOW and one with the Euromissile MILAN anti-tank guided missile system).
The Puma design is such that it can be adopted for a wide range of other roles and missions. Standard equipment includes powered steering, run-flat tyres, a nuclear, biological and chemical defensive system and afire-detection and -suppression system.