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Adapting to tomorrow’s battlefield

Driven since 1817 by the entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation of its founder, John Cockerill Group develops large-scale technological solutions to meet the needs of its time. Its contribution to businesses, governments and communities consists of services and associated equipment for a range of sectors including energy, defence, industry, environment, transport and infrastructure.


ever in the history of warfare has technology played such an amazing and equally confusing role on the

battlefield. Today we see that the effects of unmanned systems on massed armoured formations, smart weapons have become even smarter, electronic warfare has taken a major role in combined arms operations and the threat of cyberattacks has made its way to the tactical level of warfare. John Cockerill believes that the basics of warfare remain timeless. Now more than ever, battle lines are non-linear. Each vehicle is now at risk and traditional unarmed or lightly armed units need weapons systems and the ability to defend themselves. The spear cannot only be pointed at the tip these days, it must take on the 360 pointed tips of the flail. It is with these considerations in mind that John Cockerill has recently advanced the development of its weapons systems to offer a complete range to the spectrum of possible vehicles that can utilise them, always with the thought of increasing the firepower and extending the engagement envelope. In other words, the company is not only bringing a gun to the gun fight, but also bringing a fully automatic machine gun to a six-shooter gunfight.

In 2003, a section of trucks from the 507th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn in Iraq and wound up being ambushed by enemy forces. These vehicles did not have the means to defend themselves, nor did the soldiers have the training to do so. The result was 11 soldiers killed in action, nine wounded in action and six taken prisoner of war. This is only one of the examples that drove a rethink of all vehicles on the battlefield. More recently, the use of drones as low-cost offensive weapons means that there is an increasing need to incorporate counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS).


John Cockerill has expanded its weapons systems to offer a complete range to the full spectrum of fighting vehicles.

The John Cockerill family John Cockerill has built on its tradition of modularity, building a family of weapons systems with common human-machine interface and fire direction control software. This means the soldier will be comfortable using the weapons system if they are firing a 25mm cannon or John Cockerill’s HP 105mm cannon. The range now includes: ■ Cockerill Lightweight Weapons System (CLWS): weighing in at a little over 600kg, it is capable of carrying a 25mm x 137mm cannon or a 30mm x 113mm cannon with the possibility of adding 2.75in rockets or several types of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). Perfect for the 4x4 or 6x6 community. The system bridges the gap from traditional RWS to the modern turret, with reloading of the main weapon under armour.

■ Cockerill Protected Weapons System (CPWS): an unmanned one-manned turret with a revolutionary hatch, the turret weighs in at just over 1.0t and is suitable for a wide range of 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles. It can be equipped with either the 25mm x 137mm cannon or the 30mm x 113mm cannon, and is ready to mount

an ATGM launcher on the side – the flexibility will please any commander.

■ Cockerill 1030: The new lightweight 30mm x 173mm turret designed specifically to host 30mm/40mm capability while weighing just at 1.5t. This modular turret can be configured for remote operations or can be controlled by one or two users, and it can also be equipped with various ATGM solutions.

■ Cockerill 3000 Series: This modular turret can be equipped with the 30mm x 173mm cannon or an assault gun of 90mm or 105mm, utilising the high- pressure Cockerill 105mm cannon. Available in manned or unmanned configurations, the 3000 series is designed for 8x8 and tracked vehicles of over 20t. In the 105mm configuration, the turret is equipped with an auto-loader allowing a rate of fire of six rounds per minute, engaging targets in a direct fire mode at ranges between 4–5km and capable of taking out bunkers, infantry fighting vehicles, reinforced concrete walls or buildings. ● Defence & Security Systems International /

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