Puma (Combat Vehicle)

This article is about the assault tank. For the 35-ton Clan OmniMech, see Adder (Puma).
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Puma Assault Tank
Production information
Manufacturer Odin Manufacturing

Pandora 'Mech Works

Production Year 2681[1]
Mission Main Battle Tank
Type Tracked
Cost 5,919,713 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 95
Armor AmberStar Weave Standard
Engine Pitban 285 fusion engine
Speed 53 km/h
Crew 7
Communications System COMTEC 400E
Targeting Tracking System GroundTracker EE-4
Heat Sinks 17 single
BV (1.0) 936[2]
BV (2.0) 1,353[3][4]

Description & History[edit]

The Puma was first conceived by the Star League's Regular Armored Command during the twenty-seventh century. The combat vehicle was the response of a SLDF general to the rumors and fear of obsolescence of traditional tanks in the midst of the development of the BattleMech as the League's primary weapon of war. The Puma itself greatly resembles the ancient tanks designs that were used during the Age of War.[3][5][6]

The first production run of the vehicle started in 2650 however the tank had mixed results in its early versions, in part because the company that designed it had previously worked with only 'Mechs. These early models suffered from environmental control malfunction and ammunition handling systems problems; temperatures inside the PMA-001 would exceed 120° during combat. After the development headaches of the PMA-001 & 002, the combat ready model was finally ready for production, the PMA-005. However, its reputation had been tarnished by the earlier models' failures, and the design still suffered from design faults. The tank's edges were considered too sharp and its armor too steep to deflect shots, and the large number of subcontractors made acquiring spare parts a problem. The Puma's main strength was the sheer firepower it could bring to bear.[3][5][6]

Initially during the Star League era tank commanders would use Puma lances in diamond formations, providing overlapping cover with their long-range weaponry. During the Succession Wars, the Puma had the distinction of being one few Star League designs to remain in production mostly in its original configuration. It also saw in service again in the thirty-first century with both ComStar and the Word of Blake.[3][5][6]

Put into production by the Word of Blake in 3065, the tank was used for the foundation of their newly created Protectorate Militia. The Puma was put into action during the Jihad by the Blake Militias on New Avalon. Its newer configurations surprised the defending Davion forces with its capabilities.[3]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The tank's main gun is its Donal PPC, which is mounted in the turret. Each of the tank's sides mounts a single Holly LRM-20, with twelve reloads divided between the two launchers. For close-in action the tank has pair of Krieger medium lasers and a Holly SRM-4 mounted forward, with the missile launcher's twenty five volleys stored in its main hull. In the rear, the Puma is protected by a Krieger small laser and anti-infantry Skylight Model 5 flamer.[3][5][6]


  • PAT-001 & 002
    The weaponry of the two 2650 and 2657 variants were identical to Star League production model PMA-005, with exception of their design flaws.[citation needed]
  • PAT-007 
    Designed for common use for the Protectorate Militia, the 007 mounts a heavy PPC in place of its standard PPC. This 3069 variant has three MML-7s in place of the other missile launchers. The AmberStar Weave armor is replaced by heavy ferro-fibrous and CASE is fitted to the ammunition bins. Its defensive armaments include a pair machine gun arrays and a front-mounted B-Pod. The tank uses a C3i computer to tie Blakist Level IIs together.[3] BV (2.0) = 1,323[10]
  • PAT-008 
    Designed as a Blakist command vehicle, this is a rare variant which sports significantly enhanced weaponry. The tank's main gun is a targeting computer-guided extended-range particle projector cannon, with three Artemis-guided MML-9s backing it up. The vehicle mounted six anti-missile systems and three anti-battle armor pods placed all around the vehicle to fend off infantry. It also carries a Guardian ECM suite to foul up enemy electronics. The armor protection is enhanced with additional heavy ferro-fibrous.[3] BV (2.0) = 1,631[11]



  • Author Blaine Lee Pardoe stated in a blog entry that, according to his memory which he admitted could be wrong, the Puma was among the vehicles for which he wrote the original background as initially published in TRO:2750; for some of these he also designed the stats.


  1. MUL online date for the Puma (Combat Vehicle)
  2. Combat Operations, p. 106
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, pp. 182–183: "Puma Vehicle Profile"
  4. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 216
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Technical Readout: 2750, pp. 118–119: "Puma Vehicle Profile"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Technical Readout: 3050 Revised, pp. 222–223: "Puma Vehicle Profile"
  7. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 169: "SLDF Royal variant"
  8. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 151
  9. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 14
  10. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 217
  11. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrades Unabridged (Clan & Star League), p. 218