Germany has ordered some 350 Puma tanks – considered to be the most expensive at about $9.3 million each – as well as other up-to-date vehicles of its class, to revamp the national forces.
But it turns out that soldiers may be too tall to fit inside the German war machines due to an alleged failure in planning and design. The German military Bundeswehr is facing a problem of size with its new Puma tank, which has turned out to be unable to fit soldiers taller than 1.84 meters, according to a report by German newspaper Welt.
According to sources, the incorrect size standards are causing the German Ministry of Defense to look into ordering new equipment new uniforms for tank crew men, as well as altering hiring standards.
About 350 of the 6-person tanks are set to enter service by 2020. Delivery of the Puma tank has now been delayed some 57 months — nearly five years, as the total price for the new armored vehicles has increased, with each Puma 55% more expensive than was initially indicated.
Welt / ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.