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French, Belgian and Korean Teams Show Combat Vehicle’s Firepower

In a fire demonstration at the took place on the Suippes firing range in Northern France last week CMI Defence displayed an impressive lineup of combat vehicles weaponized with the company’s latest versions of Cockerill turrets. The first Cockerill Firepower Symposium included a dynamic live firing demonstration, in front of dozens of military officers, official delegations and media representatives from around the world. The firing demonstrations included the live firing of 12.7, 25, 30, 90 and 105 mm guns mounted on various turrets, on medium and long-range engagement, from manned and unmanned, remotely operated turrets. Other live displays included the deployment of Galix self-protection instantaneous smoke screens.
The new Turkish Kaplan tank from Otokar also mounts the Cockerill 3105 turret. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
The performance of Cockerill 3000 Series turrets was among the event’s highlights. This series represents a single platform enabling a turret to accommodate guns of different calibers and their corresponding technical modules, including automatic 25 mm, 30 mm, 30/40 mm, 35 mm and 50 mm cannons, along with direct fire guns of 90 and 105 mm caliber. These systems can also fire missiles. The 3000 series is one of the most successful product lines at CMI Defence. According to CMI sources, more than 130 Cockerill 3000 Series turrets and more than 30 Cockerill 105 mm guns were delivered to date.
At Eurosatory CMI displayed the second generation for the Cockerill Protected Weapon Station (CPWS), representing a new design approach to protected, light and multi-role turret that mounts various automatic guns including the M242 25mm chain gun, or M230LF 30mm guns with under-armor reloading capability. “After the successful Cockerill 3000 Series modular turret, we believe that our multi-role turret concept, which combines lightweight, versatility and protection, will meet the evolving needs of land forces in terms of flexibility and mobility.” Thierry Renaudin, President of CMI Defence said.
CPWS Gen.2 uses a configurable hatch that can be adapted to different user’s operational requirements, with a closed hatch that allows the crew to operate in a hostile environment with a maximum level of protection, an elevated hatch that provides 360° direct observation, and use of individual weapons. Third and fourth options include the use of a large open hatch that allows the rapid egress or removed hatch that provides an open space that allows the crew to patrol in an exposed position, ideally for security operations in a low threat environment. (situations other than war). The lightweight turret retains remote control operational capability and fits on all types of tracked or wheeled vehicles, such as 8×8, 6×6 and 4×4. At the Cockerill fire demonstration, the CPWS was displayed with M242 25mm automatic cannon, mounted on a Sherpa 4×4 light armored vehicle.
The Galix Automatic Obscurant System (AOS) launched from an 8×8 AMV mounting the Cockerill 3030 turret. Galix, from Lacroix can be installed on all types of platforms, including remotely controlled turrets. It can be operated manually or integrated with the vehicle’s battle management system (BMS) and be triggered automatically by different sensors on board. A unique capability of the system enables the deployment of an effective smoke screen that automatically masks the moving vehicle, instructing the driver to move, turn, accelerate or halt to gain maximum concealment by the smoke screen. Photo: Defense-Update
The CPWS Gen 2 turret was unveiled by CMI Defence at the Eurosatory 2018 expo. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
At Eurosatory CMI displayed the second generation for the Cockerill Protected Weapon Station (CPWS), representing a new design approach to protected, light and multi-role turret that mounts various automatic guns including the M242 25mm chain gun, or M230LF 30mm guns with under-armor reloading capability. “After the successful Cockerill 3000 Series modular turret, we believe that our multi-role turret concept, which combines lightweight, versatility and protection, will meet the evolving needs of land forces in terms of flexibility and mobility.” Thierry Renaudin, President of CMI Defence said.
The full lineup of turrets taking part in the demonstration including the Cockerill 3105 on the K21, manned and unmanned versions of the 3030 system mounted on AMV and Piranha 8×8 vehicles, Belgian SIMBAS (6×6) with LTCS 90MP, Commando Select (4×4) with CSE 90LP mounted and the CPWS on a Sherpa Light 4×4. Photo: Defense-Update
The heaviest platform on display was the Korean Hanwha K21 light tank equipped with Cockerill 3105 integrated weapon system. the main advantage of the 3000 series is its modularity, “Providing caliber interchangeability and manned or unmanned configurations, the Cockerill 3000 Series represents a unique answer to our customers’ present and future requirements.” Renaudin said, adding that this modularity leads to a high commonality in terms of training, maintenance, and spare parts, significantly enhancing manpower, system readiness resulting in lower cost of ownership.
The 3105 is a fully stabilized turret constructed of welded ballistic aluminum, offering protection level up to STANAG 4569 Level 5. Self-protection measures also include eight smoke canisters, hostile fire detection, laser warning system and defensive aids (soft kill) measures. The turret mounts a NATO standard Cockerill 105mm HP canon, COAX and pintle-mounted 7.62mm machine guns. An automatic loader carrying 12-16 ready rounds enable operation by two men. Two identical sights for the gunner and commander enable independent operation. This canon is one of the candidates considered for the U.S. Army future, lightweight mounted gun system.
The Korean K-21 showing the distinctive low silhouette the Cockerill 3105 turret achieves in a hull down position, demonstrating at the French Army Suippes firing range, June 15, 2018. Photo: Defense-Update
The CES 90LP was also demonstrated in live fire, armed with the low-pressure variant of CMI’s 90mm gun that can be mounted on armored cars such as the Textron Systems’ Commando Select vehicle shown here. This gun fires APFSDS-T kinetic projectiles at 1,200 m/sec and HEAT at 865 m/sec, perforating 100 mm and 130mm RHA steel NATO targets (respectively). Indirect firing capability: 6km range at 30° elevation High Explosive and High-Explosive Smash (HESH) rounds are also available against personnel, buildings, and fortifications, while a ‘shotgun’ style canister is used against personnel at close range. A smoke screen round is also available.
Commando Select direct fire armored vehicle participates in a live fire demonstration at the French Army Suippes firing range, June 15, 2018. Photo: Defense-Update
The Cockerill CSE 90LP turret incorporates a gunner’s day sight as standard, with night vision (image intensifying or thermal imaging) as an option. The weapon is aimed at the target using an electro-mechanical gun and turret drive system. This permits fast movement of gun and turret during normal operation and excellent slow speed target-tracking for precision engagement. A laser range finder and ballistic computer permit precise target engagement. The gunner’s sight image may be displayed at the commander’s station to permit full command and control.
Cockerill 90mm MP gun turret is designed for vehicles in the 10-20 ton GVW class, the LCTS 90MP incorporates a more powerful Cockerill 90mm gun variant with an advanced autoloader and uses an advanced digital, stabilized, day/night weapon control system. Developing higher pressure than the LP variant, the MP develops muzzle velocity of 1,345 m/sec for the APFSDS-T round, achieving 150mm RHA steel target penetration from 2,000-meter range. The effective indirect firing range is the 7.8km range at 20° elevation.
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