Rheinmetall will supply the German Army with the AGDUS training and simulation technology for the mechanised infantry units using the Puma IFV.
The AGDUS is an eye-safe laser system located across the vehicle and can simulate the effects of the main armaments of the Puma such as an automatic cannon, machine gun and MELLS antitank guided missile. The contract, potentially worth €142 million, was awarded in December 2019 with the first order finalised in late January 2020 for €54 million. However, the system may be added to an additional 252 IFVs once the system is ready for full-scale production, according to the company. This would provide Rheinmetall with the opportunity to add an additional €88 million to the value of the contract.
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