CMI Defence and Doosan DST Present a New 120/105mm Medium Tank Concept

CMI Defence and Doosan DST Present a New 120/105mm Medium Tank Concept.

February 18th 2013

Demand for Medium Tanks is increasing. At IDEX 2013 CMI Defence and Doosan DST present a new 120/105mm Medium Tank concept. The system integrates the Cockerill XC-8 turret and the Doosan K21  IFV chassis. With a  system weight of some 25 tonnes, the concept offers advanced 120mm or 105mm firepower with high operational flexibility and tactical mobility. The Cockerill XC-8 is a low-weight concept-turret that recognises divergent market requirements; specifically for the broad operational  flexibility demanded by the medium-tank requirement, and for the narrower, more specialised anti- armour requirement. Thus one of two low-recoil force guns may be fitted in the XC-8.

  • The Cockerill 105mm high pressure gun provides commanders with a wide choice of  ammunition to suit the tactical situation; it fires all NATO-standard 105mm types and the Cockerill Falarick 105 Gun Launched Anti Tank Guided Missile (GLATGM). Elevating to +42° this  weapon delivers exceptional engagement capability in complex terrain, an indirect-fire HE  capability to 10km range, and the GLATGM permits heavy armour to be enagaged at extended  ranges.
  • The Cockerill 120mm high pressure gun provides a strengthened anti-armour capability. This  weapon fires all NATO-standard 120mm smoothbore ammunition and the Cockerill Falarick 120  GLATGM, which permits the effective engagement and penetration of heavy armour to beyond  5km range.

Both guns are employed using a common high performance, digital, fully-stabilised, day/night weapon control system. Turret weight is kept low through the use of a bustle- mounted autoloader, which permits a two-person crew. The Cockerill XC-8 concept-turret draws  on the proven modular technology of the Cockerill CT-CV 105HP turret and may be realised at  low risk.

The Doosan K21 IFV chassis represents the latest-generation of vehicle technology. In service with the  Republic of Korea, the K21 offers outstanding tactical mobility through the use of hydro-pneumatic  suspension, a 750HP powerpack and advanced running-gear design. Tactical mobility and flexibility is  further enhanced by the vehicle’s ability to swim without assistance at full combat weight. A high- capacity digital data-infrastructure permits the functional integration of the Driver with the turret crew  by using shared imagery and control. The same architecture permits straightforward through-life  upgrade and low obsolesence risk.

The combination of the Cockerill XC-8 concept-turret with the Doosan K21 chassis promises a significant  advance in terms of medium-weight direct-fire capability. The combination of highly effective and  flexible lethality options with outstanding strategic and tactical mobility, opens up a new range of  operational possibilities.

More details in this press release.

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