HOMSEC: CMI Defence and Tecnobit sign an agreement on VCR 8×8 programme
March 16th 2017
CMI Defence and Tecnobit sign on 15 March in Madrid a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the development of a turret system compliant with the requirements of the VCR 8×8 programme of the Spanish Ministry of Defence: the Cockerill® 3030 Edicion Van Halen 30mm manned and unmanned modular turret.
CMI Defence SA and Tecnobit SLU are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, whereby CMI Defence and Tecnobit will collaborate in the integration of their respective know-how and technologies to offer the Cockerill® 3030 Edicion Van Halen manned and unmanned modular turret to the Spanish Army.
This special edition of the Cockerill® 3000 Series will combine the advantages of the modularity of the Cockerill® systems and of the advanced electro-optic technologies of Tecnobit, the only Spanish company able to entirely design, develop, make and maintain high quality cameras such as those used in the CENTINELA family of thermal sights.
Based on an unprecedented modular concept, the Cockerill® 3000 Series Edicion Van Halen is a single platform enabling a turret to accommodate guns of different calibres and the corresponding technological modules: automatic 25mm, 30mm, 30/40mm, 35mm and 50mm calibre guns, along with direct fire guns of 90 and 105mm calibres.
Tecnobit will supply a variant of the CENTINELA adapted to the specific needs of the Cockerill® 3000 series. The CENTINELA family includes fixed and mobile observation and surveillance systems that can be used in any tactical environment including quick deployment units that need high portability in order to adapt to the needs of each moment and adverse conditions. All CENTINELAs include high performance Optronic payloads of thermal and visible band cameras with optional eye safe laser rangefinders and laser pointers mounted in robust housings with autonomous cooling system and gyrostabilized 2 axis platforms.
Commenting on this agreement, Mr Jean-Luc Maurange, President of CMI Defence, stated, “We are delighted to be joining forces with a world class Spanish developer and manufacturer of electro-optic systems in order to meet the requirements of the Spanish armed forces and of future customers in other countries. Tecnobit’s state-of-the-art Centinela electro-optical family is a clear benefit to our manned and unmanned Cockerill® 3000 Series.”
Picture : Arne Berglund, Chief Marketing Officer CMI Defence, and Miguel Bermudo, Vice President Aerospace, Defence and Security Tecnobit.