IDEX 2015

Advanced turret takes aim [IDX15D1]

23 February 2015

Belgian company CMI Defence has launched its latest Cockerill 3000 modular turret system (MTS) at IDEX.

The equipment is being displayed integrated on the General Dynamics European Land Systems Desert Piranha 5 (8x8) armoured fighting vehicle.

As part of the company’s display (Stand 12-C35), the Cockerill 3000 MTS is being shown fitted with the combat-proven ATK Armament Systems 30mm Mk44 dual-feed cannon, which can be upgraded to 40mm, and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun.

These weapons are laid onto the target using an advanced computerised fire control system, with commander and gunner being provided with stabilised day/night sight capability, incorporating a laser rangefinder. The turret on show has an advanced commander’s panoramic sighting system that allows hunter/killer target engagements to take place.

To meet a wide range of user requirements, the Cockerill 3000 MTS can be fitted with various weapons. Medium-calibre options include 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm and 50mm weapons, while heavier weapons include 90mm and 105mm rifled guns.

Both of the heavier weapons can fire a gun-launched anti-tank guided missile (GLATGM) to 5,000m, which is well beyond the range of the rifled gun. The GLATGM is fitted with a tandem high-explosive antitank warhead to defeat targets fitted with explosive reactive armour.

A wide range of optional equipment is available, including co-axial machine guns, roof-mounted remote weapon station armed with various weapons up to 40mm automatic grenade launchers, banked grenade launchers and rail- or tube-launched anti-tank missiles.

The turret’s modular protection package allows for a maximum ballistic protection level of STANAG 4569 Level 5.

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