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Eurosatory 2022: Cockerill 3105 turret installed on Leopard 1

John Cockerill Defense displayed a Leopard 1 tank with a 3105 turret at Eurosatory 2022. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)

John Cockerill Defense displayed a Leopard 1 tank with a 3105 turret at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition held in Paris on 13–17 June.

The turret is armed with a NATO-standard Cockerill 105 mm high-pressure gun with a -10/+42° elevation and a 12-16 round autoloader. The turret can also fire anti-tank guided weapons.

In addition to a 7.62 co-axial machine gun, the secondary armament can include a pintle-mounted 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun, or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.

The autoloader reduces turret crew members to two sharing identical commander/gunner sights to operate in hunter-killer mode. There is also a stabilised day/night sight and external cameras providing 360° coverage.

The welded aluminium turret provides NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4569 ballistic protection. The turret also has eight smoke grenade launchers, an active defence system, and acoustic gunshot detection.

Cockerill told Janes the turret can be installed in the large number of Leopard 1s around the world. The Belgian company said it could take advantage of low-cost spares, 105 mm ammunition available worldwide, and low maintenance costs.

Over 100 3105 turrets are in service around the world, according to Cockerill.

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