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Cockerill 3030 blends into US Army research programme
The US subsidiary of Belgium-based John Cockerill Defense is engaged in a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) contract by the US Army to develop, mature, integrate, and test the armament accuracy and lethality capabilities of an integrated medium-calibre combat system.
This system will combine the Cockerill 3030 medium-calibre turret solution (part of the Cockerill 3000 series) with the Scenario Based Fire Control System from the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center.
The CRADA will enable both parties to further mature their solutions with the goal of transitioning the products to any direct-fire medium-calibre platform, John Cockerill Defense America announced during the virtual AUSA conference and exhibition on 13-16 October.
The Cockerill 3030 features a 30mm XM813 electrically powered chain gun; the turret can also be reconfigured to integrate the XM913 50mm cannon. In addition, the Cockerill 3030 has an under-armour 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and it can fire all types of US 30mmx173mm ammunition, such as the Mk 310 Programmable Air Burst Munition.
Two or three crew serve the Cockerill 3030, although the company noted that it can be operated as an unmanned turret.
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