Eurosatory 2014

Concept turret packs a punch (ES14E3)

17 June 2014
The Cockerill XC-8 concept turret installed on the hull of the BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90

Belgian company CMI Defence (Hall 5, Stands K338/K337) is presenting its latest Cockerill XC-8 concept turret installed on the hull of the BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90.

The XC-8 turret being shown at Eurosatory is armed with a 105mm high-pressure rifled gun and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. In addition to firing conventional natures of 105mm tank ammunition, it can also fire a Falarick gun launched anti-tank guided missile (GLATGM). This laser guided missile is fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank warhead and enables heavy targets to be engaged out to a range of more than 5,000m.

As an alternative to the 105mm rifled tank gun, a 120mm smoothbore gun can be fitted, which in addition to firing conventional natures of ammunition can also fire a GLATGM.

The two-person XC-8 concept turret is fitted with a computerised fire control system that includes stabilised day/thermal sights for the commander and gunner, with the former allowing hunter/ killer target engagements to take place. A bustle-mounted automatic loader has enabled the turret crew to be reduced to commander and gunner.

The CV90/XC-8 concept turret combination is the latest in a number of potential weapon applications for the CV90 platform.

BAE Systems Hägglunds is still marketing the CV90120-T, which has a three-person turret armed with a 120mm smoothbore gun, which is manually loaded. The CV90 is already in service with six countries in the infantry fighting vehicle configuration, with more than 1,000 delivered.





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