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John Cockerill Defense provides more firepower to M113A3

25th June 2024 - 10:39 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Paris


A M113A3 fitted with JCD’s CPWS armed with 25mm cannon, 7.62mm machine gun and a pod of four rockets. (Photo: Christopher F. Foss)

A Cockerill Protected Weapon Station added to a M113A3, as demonstrated at Eurosatory 2024, will enhance the APC’s firepower while optimised turret controls will improve operations in urban environments.

To improve the fire power of the US-manufactured M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), whose original design is more than 60 years old, John Cockerill Defense (JCD) has fitted the late-production M113A3 with its Cockerill Protected Weapon Station (CPWS).

The example on show at Eurosatory last week was fitted with a 25x137mm cannon but a 30x113mm cannon can be fitted as an alternative weapon with a 7.62mm machine gun being mounted co-axial.

The turret is of all-welded aluminium armour construction with applique armour with maxim protection level of STANAG 4569 Level 5.

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For engaging targets at a longer range this example of the CPWS is fitted with a pod of four Thales unguided 70mm rockets on the left side.

The gunner is provided with a roof mounted stabilised panoramic sight with day/thermal channels and a laser-range finder which is linked to the 25mm cannon.

Turret controls are all electric and the weapon can be elected to up to +60 degrees which is particularly useful during urban operations.

The CPWS features banks of electrically operated smoke grenade launchers and options include a pod of anti-tank guided weapons on the turret side.

JCD has manufactured more than 1,000 of its C3000 series of turrets which can be armed with a 105mm gun with a bustle mounted automatic loader (C3105) or a 30mm dual-feed cannon (C3030).

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Christopher F Foss


Christopher F Foss

Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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